Kenya’s Ministry of Health is set to roll out a nationwide mass immunization exercise against measles and rubella diseases, targeting children aged between nine months and 14 years.

Health Ministry Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) Dr. Nicholas Muraguri says the immunization campaign, set to take place from May 16 to 24, is intended to boost the immunity of more than 19 million children across the country against the killer diseases.

Dr. Muraguri said here Thursday that Ministry would spend close to 2.1 billion shillings (about 21 million US dollars) to raise awareness in communities on the significance of immunization against Measles-Rubella as well as against tetanus.

In view of resistance to vaccination witnessed in the past from a section of religious leaders, the Ministry has reassured Kenyans about the safety of the vaccines.

According to the Ministry, the immunization will help cover all the susceptible children who did not get protection from routine measles vaccinations.

Parents have been urged to take the immunization exercise seriously as the rubella infection can lead to blindness, deafness, mental retardation, heart defects and a range of other conditions that affect children’s development

Source: Nam News Network