East Africa: Injectable Anti-Polio Drug to Be Rolled Out Next Month

An article from AllAfrica
November 21, 2015
Kenyan children will from next month benefit from an extra dose of injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).
 
The Ministry of Health has received about 800,000 doses of the vaccine for the exercise, through Gavi, the global vaccine alliance.
 
"By introducing this vaccine into routine immunisation programmes and using it together with the oral vaccine, children will be better protected from polio and at the same time we will be able to eradicate the remaining strains of wild polio virus," reads a statement from the Ministry of Health.
 
But immunisation experts are worried that some countries that had been scheduled to introduce the vaccine before the end of year, may not meet the World Health Assembly's resolution target. Kenya is the only country in the region that has announced that it is ready to introduce the vaccine as scheduled.
 
The latest World Health Organisation report on IPV notes that Uganda is expected to roll out the vaccine by January 2016 while Rwanda and Tanzania will follow suit after April 2016.
 
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