The Busia Department of Health and Sanitation has underscored the need for the media to help enhance public trust in Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination to increase the number of residents vaccinated.
Chief Officer of Public Health Jonathan Ino said the war against the disease requires support from the media to increase knowledge among locals across the County on the need to get the Covid-19 vaccine jab.
“The media fraternity should help improve the vaccine uptake in the County by informing residents the importance of being vaccinated besides observing the Ministry of Health regulations,” he said.
Ino made the remarks at the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) offices in Busia town during a training for Journalists on Covid-19 vaccination, organized by the County Government of Busia in partnership with the KRCS.
He revealed that the County Government led by H.E Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has rolled out the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) Coronavirus vaccination exercise that targets to vaccinate 50 per cent of the County population above 18 years by 31st October, 2021.
“We already launched the Covid-19 vaccination outreaches to make it possible for people to access the jab at no cost. For the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination we are doing at 6.75 per cent while the second dose is at 2.36 per cent,” he added.
He further cautioned parents against forgetting the childhood vaccination which is key for the children.
“We want to encourage our people to ensure that children are taken to health facilities for immunization against diseases among them polio, tetanus, measles, tuberculosis and malaria.”
KRCS project Officer Elizabeth Abala said the media is a very important element in the fight against Covid-19, adding that they should encourage locals to be inoculated to curb the spread of the virus.
The training was spearheaded by the County Coordinator for Expanded Programme on Immunization, Juliet Kilima and the Health Promotion Officer Nelson Andanje who said the media should help dispel the myths and misconceptions about the vaccine.
Also present were KRCS Busia County Coordinator, Patrick Lwango, the Centre for International Health Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB) representative, Milcah Akala and Nursing students from the Kenya Medical Training College Bungoma campus.