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HomeHealthDo not ignore routine immunizations, Mwatate residents urged

Do not ignore routine immunizations, Mwatate residents urged


The Taita Taveta County health department has asked residents of Mwatate sub-county to embrace routine immunization exercises.

 A recent report from the department indicates that there has been a massive drop in the uptake of routine vaccines among the local population as all efforts have been directed to the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We’re seeing a very low uptake of the routine immunizations among the residents and that is a worrying trend for our county and national health outlook. It can be attributed to the focus on Covid-19, but we can no longer overlook the importance of the other vaccines among our children and the vulnerable age brackets,” said County Director for Health Services, Elvis Mwandawiro. 

And in response to the troubling trend, the county’s department of health yesterday launched a 100-day Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) focusing to educate and urge the residents to take up the immunizations through an initiative dubbed Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI).

“Among the immunizations that have registered low uptake from the onset of Covid-19 are measles Rubella, early child routine vaccines and HVP, Pneumococcal vaccines,” Mwandawiro said revealing that all the sub-county hospitals and local public health facilities have been adequately equipped to offer the said vaccines.

Members of the public, clerics, and the county’s delegation from the department of health share ideas during the launch of the 100-day Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) for routine immunizations

He said the county was also working in conjunction with the national government’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to reduce child mortality from avoidable common children diseases and conditions. 

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