The risk of polio outbreak in Kenya is still high due to failure to vaccinate some 300,000 children routinely, health officials warned on Wednesday.
Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, said an attempt to mobilize the public against taking their children for vaccination is a serious violation of children right to health and survival.
The government’s top physician assured Kenyans that all vaccines to be used are safe and urged parents with children below age 5 to ensure that they are vaccinated.
However, religious leaders have asked the health ministry to postpone the polio vaccination campaign until Kenyans are assured of the safety of the vaccine.
The leaders from the Catholic Church in Kenya called for joint sample tests of the polio vaccines at the National Quality Control Laboratory and an independent laboratory to ensure that the polio vaccines to be used for the campaign are safe for Kenyan children.
“For faster laboratory analysis, the manufacturer’s declaration with the corresponding chromatogram would be required so that the laboratory tests to be carried out on the vaccine are to confirm that the results correspond with those presented by the manufacturer,” the church said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
The Kenyan government committed to vaccinating all children against the polio.
The disease was last time reported in Kenya in 2013 where 14 cases were reported including 2 adult deaths. Enditem