More than 169,000 children in Kisii County aged between nine to 59 months will be vaccinated against measles rubella.
County Executive in charge of Health Sarah Omache says Kisii is among 22 counties where the Ministry of Health will be undertaking the campaign.
“Kisii is among the high-risk counties. There is a steady increase in the number of people infected by measles. We have an unprecedented number of unvaccinated children in our County.”
Like measles, rubella is a highly infectious viral disease that can cause serious complications to newborns such as birth defects, including heart problems, loss of hearing and eyesight, and brain damage.
UNICEF representative Lucy Kanja says disease management with good nutrition and rehydration is purely supportive to prevent complications.
By Frank Akunga