Over 1.5 milllion doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine will be given to Kenyans in eight counties mapped as high risk areas.
Principal Secretary for Public Health Mary Muriuki has said that the cholera situation continues to escalate.
According to the country’s Health Ministry, the vaccination campaign kicked off on Thursday, August 3, targeting Suba South in Homa Bay, Kajiado East (Kajiado), Moyale (Marsabit), Kamukunji and Embakasi Central in Nairobi, Wajir North (Wajir), Mandera East in Mandera, Machakos and Garissa.
As of 18th July 2023, the country has reported a staggering 11,181 cholera cases and 196 fatalities in 26 counties.
The Case Fatality Rate (CFR) stands at 1.7 per cent, underscoring the gravity of the situation and the critical need for prompt action.
“The Ministry of Health has strengthened coordination activities, water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts, risk communication networks, community engagement, patient case management, and laboratory confirmation of cases in collaboration with county governments, line ministries, and partners,” she said.