The Chairman of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Mr. Joseph Oteri has announced that Primary Health workers are set to vaccinate at least 33 million children aged between nine months and five years against measles across country starting October.
The chairman has advised parents and caregivers to take children to government health facilities and vaccination posts sites where health workers can administer the vaccine.
The push is to ensure nearly 95% out of every 100 children are vaccinated. Previous campaign in 2015 managed to reach just 85 in 100 children.
According to the Agency, children born after the last measles campaign from 2013 to 2016-and who have never received routine immunisation are now more at risk of contracting measles.
The agency says there has been an upsurge in outbreaks of measles since then, with 183 outbreaks recorded in 2016, up from 166 in 2015.
This year alone, up to 16,343 cases of measles have been recorded and 108 confirmed in laboratory testing across 717 councils this means nearly every local government area has had a case of measles.