By Reuben Olita
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has rolled out the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) Coronavirus vaccination exercise that targets to register 50 per cent of the county population above 18 years by 31st October, 2021.
The initiative that will see health officers target market days, churches and various institutions to vaccinate county residents aged 18 years and above comes a day before the County receives the Pfizer vaccine.
Other vaccines the county received include AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson& Johnson. So far 26,884 residents have been administered with AstraZeneca vaccine while 11,566 have received moderna jab. About 300 doses of Johnson & Johnson have been availed.
The Governor told county residents to take advantage of the RRI exercise and have themselves vaccinated at no cost.
“I returned from the United Kingdom at the weekend where one has to part with Ksh20,000 to be vaccinated at the airport. Here we offer it free of charge and which residents need to take advantage of,” he said.
The Governor revealed that the Government of Denmark will finalize talks with the Council of Governors in Nairobi next week to enable them avail funds to pay Community Health Volunteers.
He also revealed that the National Government will avail Ksh200m for upgrading of Busia County Referral Hospital , adding that two level 2 hospitals are also earmarked for upgrading by the National Government.
Deputy Governor, H.E Moses Mulomi said the county government has so far tested over 150,000 people for Covid-19, noting that the disease is still a challenge.
“We started vaccination campaign at BCRH before cascading it to sub county and health centtes, adding that they are now taking it to markets and churches so as to reach many people and surpass the current figure of 6 per cent,” he said.
Chief Officer Medical Services, Dr Isaac Omeri said the RRI is part of the National Government’s efforts that targets to vaccinate 6million Kenyans by 31st October, 2021 and 10m by 31st December, 2021.
Culture and Sports CECM Dr Janet Manyasi and Deputy County Commander, Patrick Olonyi narrated how they battled with Covid-19 pandemic, telling county residents to observe the Ministry of Health guidelines.
Director Medical Services, Dr Janerose Ambuchi and her Public Health counter, Dr Melsa Lutomia urged county residents to shun false notion that the vaccine has side effects that includes reducing mens’ sexual urge.
County Expanded Programme Immunization (EPI) logistian Juliet Kilima disclosed that 30,320 people have been administered with AstraZeneca jab and 18,310 with moderna, adding that the county will today receive 3,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine.