Kwaho Unveils Measures To Administer Covid-19 Vaccine To Vulnerable Groups In Busia County


By Reuben Olita

Kenya Water for Health Organisation(KWOHA) has unveiled elaborate measures to administer Covid-19 vaccine to vulnerable groups in Busia County starting Monday,14th March, 2022.

Addressing the press after a stakeholders engagement meeting at the Farmview Hotel in Busia town, KWOHA Executive Director, Patrick Allube said the groups they are targeting include truck drivers, boda bodas riders, cross border traders and the youth among others.

Mr Allube said their main objective in Busia County is to look out in terms of Covid-19 especially when it comes to vaccination and post Covid measures that could be able to help the country.

” Our main focus is on people who lost their livelihoods, we are seriously thinking about the youth by making them aquire entrepreneurial skills. We shall also target those who engage in cross border travel like truck drivers and boda boda riders,” he said.

Mr Allube said they have been in the county before supporting WASH Forums in terms of meetings and agendas to they have had as an organization.

County Commissioner, Dr Ahmed Omar thanked the County Government of Busia for supporting this initiative, noting that sensitization of county residents was crucial in upscaling the number of people who have been vaccinated.

County WASH Coordinator Busia County, Edwins Odhiambo gave statistics that revealed Covid-19 cumulative cases of 6,324 so far including 5,042 males and 1,272 females.

“The county has recorded 85 deaths reflecting a fatality rate of 1.35 percent as at 6th march, 2022, ” he said.

On Covid-19 vaccination, Mr Odhiambo said 74,944 have received doses of AstraZeneca, including 45,014 people who have received second dose , noting that 20,366 Moderna including 11, 855 second dose, 66,431 Pfizer including 15,210 second dose and 47, 156 have received doses of Johnson and Johnson.

He regretted that only 1778 people have received booster doses, urging those who are eligible for the dose to go for them.

He added: ” Of the total cumulative cases males account for 80.98% with 19.02% being females. The most affected are those aged 30-39 years and accounts for 31.01%.

Mr Odhiambo noted key challenges they encountered in managing the spread of the pandemic. They include, enforcement of regulations, protocol compliance, inadequate of funds and transport for follow-up cases, stigmitation and discrimination of suspects.

Others are inadequate resources, accounting for difficult cases, wrong telephone contacts by victims, shortage of computers for data entry and vaccines hesitancy.

KWAHO Programme Co-ordinator Felix Brian thanked the county Government of Busia for its goodwill acknowledging that it has its priorities right.

Deputy Director Water, Mr Juma Mulika thanked KWAHO and civil societies for addressing post covid issues, noting that there is need by county residents to be vaccinated.


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