Kajiado county, which is high-risk counties across the country, has achieved 124 per cent reach in polio immunisation to beat Kiambu at 119.
The two counties, according to the Ministry of Health report released in Nairobi, surpassed polio vaccination coverage targets in the first phase of immunisation drive.
The Ministry said the achievement was made possible through various partner collaborations, which created awareness among residents in the two counties.
County Health Minister, Esther Somoire, was upbeat today on receiving the good news when she said her effort to serve the people of the region has not been vanity.
“This is good news, not for me alone but for the entire people of Kajiado, whose cooperation in making this exercise materialise cannot be ignored. I also thank my team for the achievement i. We will not stop there, but to move forward and provide more health coverage for our people in towns and in the remotest areas,” said a happy Somoire.
She said the county governor, Joseph Lenku, has set the bar of service provision on the top of all other issues and being part of the system she will strife to remain on the top too.
“All these have been realised because of Lenku’s leadership and support, and as her ministers we have to work harder than before and ensure the people of Kajiado enjoy the fruits of devolution in service provision,” said Somoire.
The Ministry of Health in Nairobi said whereas the target in polio immunisation was set at 95 per cent, Kiambu and Kajiado surpassed it.
However, the Ministry said, Isiolo and Meru did not achieve the target.
The campaign was done in 12 high risk counties, namely Wajir, Mandera, Garissa, Lamu, Tana River, Kitui, Meru, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nairobi.
Machakos, a neighbour of Kajiado, was third with 111 per cent coverage followed by Wajir with 108 per cent, Lamu was fifth with 106, and Tana River Achieving 102 per cent.
Ministry of Health’s Daniel Lang’at, from the Disease Surveillance and Response Unit, said insecurity in Isiolo and some resistance from a section of religious leaders in Meru county prevented the area from attaining the required percentage.