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Government Vaccines Are Safe: Reproductive Health Officer

Residents of Likuyani Sub-county have been asked to embrace all government vaccination programs as they have been tested and approved by the World Health Organisation.

Speaking during a campaign to popularize all Ministry of Health vaccines programs, the Sub-county Reproductive Health Officer, Daniel Maino, said the rumors against all approved vaccines to protect various types of diseases, is baseless and meant to derail government efforts to fight multiple ailments facing Kenyans.

Maino assured residents that the government won’t allow its people to be injected with unsafe vaccines as other unconfirmed reports say.

The Reproductive Health Official urged residents to embrace the Ministry of Health vaccination campaigns, as the only way to fight diseases.

“I was vaccinated with all recommended vaccines at an early age and nothing wrong has happened,” Maino said.

According to him, the vaccination campaign targeted children and adults.

The function was organised by the Likuyani Sub-county Department of Health at Mbururu Pentecostal Assemblies of God. Organizers say they will reach all villages within the Sub-county.

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Nurses administering HPV vaccine to girls at PAG Church, Mbururu, Likuyani Sub-County. Photo by Geoffrey Satia

Maino confirmed that all girls under 14 within Mbururu Location, including those from neighboring schools received Human papillomavirus (HPV), supposed to protect them from cervical cancer.

Adults seeking Coronavirus Vaccine came in large numbers, an indication that residents have embraced government calls for Covid-19 protection jab.

Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening was also done among hundreds of women, who thronged the Church for free health services.

Health Officers present had a difficult time convincing men who also demanded prostate cancer screens.

But Maino promised to provide free prostate cancer screening when the Department will have made necessary arrangements.

The Kakamega County Government Sub-county Administrator, Fredrick Samita, thanked the Ministry of Health for initiating health programs, which will protect the residents from various types of ailments.

“I believe this is the right way to protect the health of the people,” Samita said.

The vaccination exercise was also supported by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.

By Geoffrey Satia

 

 

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