Kenya: Oral Cholera Vaccination Survey Phase 2 begins in counties

The Health Ministry of Kenya has been working diligently to ensure that the country's people can access good healthcare. The health ministry has started an Oral Cholera vaccination survey in line with the government's mandate.

The Health Ministry of Kenya has been working diligently to ensure that the country’s people can access good healthcare. The health ministry has started an Oral Cholera vaccination survey in line with the government’s mandate. The Ministry of health successfully concluded the first phase of the vaccination survey.

Recently, the second phase of the campaign has been in progress. The Ministry of Health shared the update of the second phase on their social media. The Ministry has reiterated its unwavering commitment to tackling cholera. Further, Ministry claimed the commitment continues as the nation embarks on a Phase II Post Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) Coverage Survey.

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Building upon the successes of its initial efforts, the second phase of the survey, taking place from August 14th to August 20th, 2023, also aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the just-concluded vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, The campaign’s first phase ran from August 3rd to August 12th, 2023. Further, This phase of the survey targeted seven new sub-counties. Meanwhile, The Ministry of Health claimed they had selected the counties strategically based on high caseloads, case fatality rates (CFR), and attack rates (AR).

Mary Muthoni Muriuki, the Principal Secretary of the State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards, emphasizes, “This Phase II survey marks a crucial step forward in our battle against cholera.

It allows us to comprehensively assess our vaccination strategies and reinforce our commitment to the well-being of our citizens. Through our combined efforts, we aim to curb the impact of cholera on public health and enhance our readiness to face future challenges.”

Collaborating with the Division of Disease Surveillance and Response (DDSR), the Kenya Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training program (K-FELTP) will conduct this survey with key objectives that encompass evaluating vaccination coverage, analyzing vaccine delivery methods, conducting a comprehensive Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) study on Cholera disease, and assessing water and sanitation (WASH) practices.

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