A local Civil Society Organisation dubbed Homa Bay Local CSO Network (HOMACCSONET) has urged Homa Bay County government to make covid-19 vaccines accessible to members of the public.
In a meeting with various media stakeholders held in Homa Bay town to review the action plan that the network has taken against spread of covid-19, HOMACCSONET Coordinator Samwel Odhiambo called on the county government to work together with community health centers to make the vaccine accessible to the people especially those from remote areas.
“The county government should organise a mobile vaccine outreach like in the case of Nairobi so that people, especially the aged can access the vaccine easily,” he urged.
The coordinator further said that there is need for the county and national governments to filter more information especially in the area of vaccination to members of the public to avoid issues of misconception regarding the jab as is seen in various social media platforms.
“We have come out strongly to help the county government, civil societies and partners to fight the pandemic,” Odhiambo noted.
The coordinator revealed that he too had received the vaccine and urged the people to turn up in large numbers to be vaccinated adding that the myths and misconceptions that have been put forth about the vaccine are untrue.
“I urge all of you to come out in large numbers to be vaccinated in order to reduce the spread of covid-19 by a higher percentage in our society,” he said.
It was also disclosed that the Network through its project dubbed “WASH FIRST” plans to construct a modern sanitation facility in Dr William’s Primary School in Suba North sub-county in the coming months.
The Project’s Officer Wycliff Obonyo who graced the meeting, revealed that the network which partners with a Netherland Development Organisation (SNV) has managed to conduct covid-19 sensitisation and door-to-door campaigns in the county.
In Kenya the project is solely conducted in Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kericho and Homa Bay Counties.
Members in the meeting recognized the need for sustainability of covid-19 rules among the people citing that the community have the tendency to observe covid-19 rules when reports of infections are high and relax when the reports are low.
By Sitna Omar