Author Winnie Atsiena
This week, Kenya undertook a five-day national campaign of vaccination against poliomyelitis in areas that have the highest risk of spreading, as the Organization About the & # 39; the United Nations has warned that the outbreak in the Horn of Africa, some countries threaten African and global efforts to eradicate the disease.
According to WHO, with the end of 2017 in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have any polio outbreak.
Global polio eradication efforts endeavor to interrupt polio transmission in the remaining countries of the world, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, and in countries such as Kenya.
WHO said that some countries, particularly in Africa, are more vulnerable to the transmission of polio due to weak health systems and immunization, as well as travel or trade links with developing and flash.
In the 11 countries of Kenya, 2.6 million children are provided for 0-59 months of age with a high risk of infection during this campaign, which ended on Wednesday.
Children received oral polio vaccine, which protects them from polio, a disease that paralyzes and even kill children.
Kenya & # 39; a dream for polio & # 39; to take time
"In 2018, Kenya has found disease poliovirus in sewage samples taken from Kamukunzhi in Nairobi, and in the framework of measures to protect children against the virus and improve immunity of the population, five rounds of the vaccination campaign was conducted in 12 countries against polio," This Iegoma Onuekwusi said during the launch of the company in Mombasa.
"And in countries such as Kenya, the victims of the explosion of polio, there are still districts in which circulates the wild polio virus, every country is still in danger of importing the polio virus. The main main problem for us & # 39 is the last round of polio eradication. missing children again and again in vaccine delivery, "warned Dr. Onuekwusi.
It can cause paralysis
Teachings in homes, churches, mosques, schools, recreational areas and other Congress Center conducted health professionals A team of scientists and community volunteers.
Acting Director General of Kenya on health, Dr. Vekesa Masasabi said that children less than five years old are particularly vulnerable to disease because their immune system is not fully developed to combat them.
Dr. Masasabi said that over the past six years, Kenya has remained polio-free, and the last imported wild polio virus was reported July 14, 2013. Currently, Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to & # 39 are the polio epidemics, compared to more than 125 countries in 1988.
"During the explosion in 2013 in Garissa County, 14 people were paralyzed and ended with two smertsmi The country has developed specific global efforts to eradicate polio." – Director General of Health insisted, speaking Dr. Joel Gandhi. Technical Advisor to the Ministry of principal.
Paliovid – this is a very contagious viral disease that is transmitted individually and distributed primarily through the fecal-oral route or, more rarely, contaminated water or food.
It multiplies in the intestine, where it can penetrate into the nervous system and can cause paralysis. According to WHO, the initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs.