NANDI AMONG TOP LEADING COUNTIES IN IMMUNIZATION COVERAGE
World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Under the Global Theme of ‘The Big Catch-Up’, the County Government of Nandi is marking this week with a resolve to strengthen primary healthcare and routine immunization across the county and ensure that no one is left behind.
According to the latest data, Nandi county ranks 8th nationally with 90% of children (age 12-23 months) who are fully vaccinated for basic antigens.
The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health and Sanitation is building a strong immunization delivery system, sustaining the progress made over the past years and more importantly accelerate the campaign of “The Big Catch Up” to ensure more people, particularly children, are vaccinated and protected from preventable diseases.
The County has put in place innovative immunization strategies to reach the target population and bridge the gap of the number of unvaccinated children under five in the county.
The intensification of routine immunization is to vaccinate at least 99% of children between 9-59 months with Measles Rubella (MR) vaccine including the second dose. The County also is targeting to vaccinate girls aged between 10-14 years with HPV vaccine to protect them against cervical cancer.
Vaccination is one of the most cost effective interventions in saving lives of children, girls and women across the globe including here Nandi County.