Makueni County Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Masila on Friday launched officially a 10-days Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) campaign aimed at increasing the number of people to be vaccinated against covid-19 disease in the Makueni County.
Masila disclosed that Makueni County was ranked 27 out of the 47 counties in terms of the number of people vaccinated saying this trend needs improvement to ensure many people were vaccinated during these campaigns.
“The number of people who have already been vaccinated is 180,090 only. I expect many people to come out and get vaccinated against the covid-19 disease during this 10-days campaign and ensure our county is ranked high in utilization of the vaccines in the country,” said Masila while addressing the media at the hospital premises before flagging off the campaign.
While saying the initiative has been launched in all the sub-counties in the county, he disclosed that the vaccination will be carried out in health facilities and even markets to ensure the targeted number of 100,000 people was achieved during the period.
Consequently, he urged residents to come out and get vaccinated saying there were enough vaccines were safe and approved by the World Health Organization. “The vaccines have no side effects, they are safe. I urge all residents to come out and be vaccinated,” noted the medical superintendent.
Among the counties that are ranked high in vaccinating more people in Kenya include Nyeri, Nairobi, Kakamega and Nyamira to mention a few.
On her part, the Makueni County Health and Education Promotion Officer Bretta Mutisya appealed to bodaboda riders, the youth and the business community to get vaccinated.
At the same time, she called upon clerics from the different denominations and religions to ensure they talked to their members on the need for the jab.
“We want all people in the community to have immunity. This is only possible if you get vaccinated. Hence the need of bodaboda leaders, the clerics of different churches and mosques to take lead in telling people to be vaccinated,” said Mutisya while leading participants in a walk through the streets of Wote town.
Mutisya disclosed that those to be vaccinated will be from 15 years and above. During the campaigns, the bodaboda riders, students from Kenya Medical Training College and Wote Technical Training Institute, health workers among others, participated in the walk.
It should be observed here that 94,000 people aged between 18-29 who received the first dose, defaulted and are yet to get the second dose. Over 19,000 people tested for Covid-19 in the county and 3,400 tested positive and there have been 237 deaths.