By Reuben Olita
The Centre for International Health, Education and Biosecurity-Kenya (CIHEB) has reaffirmed its commitment towards supporting the County Government of Busia in scaling up the uptake of Covid-19 vaccine.
The Capacity Building Coordinator CIHEB Track Program, Jemima Kibira said they will continue working closely with the Department of Health and Sanitation to enhance vaccination in the County.
“As CIHEB we want to assure you of our support. We have really scaled up in terms of data management and defaulter tracing to make sure that clients come back,” she said.
Mrs Kibira who made the remarks during a courtesy call to the Chief Officer Health and Sanitation Jonathan Ino at the health offices in Busia town, further stated that they will be very strategic and microscopic in their approach, noting that the support they received came with a target of increasing the vaccination coverage by 9 per cent every month.
Kibira was accompanied by the Field Epidemiologist, Taskforce for Global Health in Collaboration with CDC Kenya, Boniface Kitungulu and the Busia County CIHEB representative Rebecca Wachira among others.
Mr Ino stressed the need for joint efforts in ensuring that the County achieves the target of suppressing Covid-19, adding that despite the numerous challenges among them myths and misconceptions much is being done.
“We are using other avenues including the radio talk shows, engagement of other key stakeholders and the existing education structures to demystify the myths. We have also received immense support from the National Government to increase the number of people being vaccinated,” he said.
The Chief Officer commended CIHEB for the teamwork, which he said will go a long way in creating immunity for the people of Busia.
Others present included the County Coordinator for the Expanded Program on Immunization Juliet Kilima, County Health Promotion Officer Nelson Andanje and the Busia Emergency Operation Centre Manager Jude Oduor.