Polio vaccination campaign launched in Kenya

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A vaccination campaign against polio has been launched in the by the ministry of health in a bid to prevent any outbreak of the disease in the country as has been experienced in other parts of the continent.

“The campaign has been prompted by an ongoing polio outbreak with Africa which started last year and so our aim is to keep the viral infection outside the Kenyan borders,”said Dr Daniel Langat the head of Disease Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, in an interview with the Daily Nation newspaper.

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"Our analysis looked at the performance of routine immunisation in counties as well as the proximity of certain counties to areas with importation of previous polio cases such as in North Eastern. Further, we looked at the movement of population and that is why a place like Nairobi is on the list."

Polio is a contagious viral disease caused by the poliovirus that has been known to cause to permanent paralysis and in some extreme cases even death.

It is transmitted through contaminated water, food or faecal matter. The symptoms of the disease, which in most cases are not visible, include; fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs, according to the World Health Organization.

There is no cure for polio; it can only be prevented by immunization.

The Kenya polio immunization campaign will be conducted door to door, in churches and hospitals around the country. All children below five years old will be vaccinated. It will end on Sunday.

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