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Polio campaign kicks off amid challenges

Although  polio campaign has kicked off in Ijara Sub County health officials are worried that they may not meet their target of reaching 11,571 children as some parents are hiding their children aged below five years.

Chairing  a  stakeholders  meeting in Masalani sub county, Ijara  Sub County Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Abdinasir  Mohammed said despite  the challenge, the sub county was determined to reach all eligible children during the five day exercise.

Dr. Nasir  said polio virus were detected in Somalia and Ethiopia and 11 counties bordering this regions were targeted for immunization.

He  called  upon stakeholders like imams, teachers, political leaders to publicise the campaign which kicked off on Friday, July 12 until July 18.

However, Dr. Nasir appealed to the residents to bring their children under five for them to meet the target.

The Ijara  Sub County Police Commander (SCPC),  Fredrick  Shiundu assured of the security of health workers during polio immunization campaign.

He  also appealed to residents to work closely with the security machinery in order to clear Al shabab menace during the immunization period.

The   SCPC  said  the government is ready to provide security to the residents and health workers.

He  called upon parents to come out in large number to ensure that the polio exercise takes off without hindrance.

The  meeting  was  attended by sheikhs, imams, local elders, chiefs and Sub County Children Officer Mrs. Wambui  Mburu among others.

By  Dahir  Muhamed

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