By Reuben Olita
The County Government of Busia through the Department of Health and Sanitation targets to vaccinate 193,142 residents against Covid-19 within a period of 10 days starting Tuesday 1st February, 2022.
This follows a directive from the Ministry of Health (MoH) which seeks to increase the uptake of the vaccine among locals to boost the management of the disease.
Among the seven Sub counties, 18,575 people are targeted for inoculation in Bunyala, 30,319 (Butula), 30,767 (Matayos), 24,118 (Nambale), 23,153 (Samia), 29,889 (Teso North) and 36,321 in Teso South.
This was announced at the County Commissioners Conference Hall during a joint meeting that brought together National Government Administrative Officers led by newly posted Busia County Commissioner Dr Ahmed Omar and the County Government of Busia team headed by the Chief Officer Public Health Jonathan Ino.
Dr Omar said: “We received information from Nairobi that has been echoed not only by the Health Cabinet Secretary but H.E the President who is not happy that Busia County is at 19 per cent nationwide, while other Counties are above 85 per cent.”
“If we are to save our people, it is important that we work harder to upscale the figures to a level that meets the target given to us. We still have a lot of myths on the vaccination that need to be debunked,” added the County Commissioner.
Ino said the Health team is dedicated to ensure no deaths are recorded due to Covid-19, adding that they will join hands to ensure the intended objective is achieved.
The County Nursing Coordinator Tito Kwena said they have lined up 570 Covid-19 outreaches to be conducted across the County.
During the meeting several action measures were recommended to help enhance Covid-19 vaccine uptake among them reaching residents by availing vaccines in work places, churches, ports of entry and engagement of the local media through radio talk shows to undertake campaigns.
Others included the engagement of learning institutions to allow eligible students who are above 18 years to be vaccinated, use of Community Health Volunteers to mobilize people, public address announcements, use of National Government administrative officers to talk to church leaders and Nyumba 10 to help in the door to door campaign.
Present included Directors Dr Melsah Lutomia (Preventive and Promotive), Dr David Mukabi (Universal Health Coverage ), Emergency Operations Centre Manager Jude Oduor, County Public Health Officer Joseph Oprong and the Health Promotion Officer Nelson Andanje.