Trans Nzoia: 6,000 health workers set for vaccination

County also advocates for exclusive breastfeeding to boost infant immunity

Trans Nzoia deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus (second left) receives sh 2 million consignment of personal protective equipment donated by the Action Against Hunger organization. Photo/Aspect News

Health workers in Trans Nzoia County will be beneficiaries of the first batch of 6,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccines owing to their high exposure to patients.

Trans Nzoia deputy Governor Dr. Stanley Tarus said the health workers in both public and private health facilities will be prioritized since they have a higher chance of contacting and transmitting the disease.

Dr. Tarus spoke while receiving a consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth Sh 2 million donated by the Action Against Hunger organization to the county government.

“The next batch will target teachers then later we will focus on security officers and subsequently the elderly,” he spoke at the event held at the county’s health offices in Kitale.

The deputy governor also challenged residents to strictly adhere to Covid 19 containment measures to avert the effects of the latest variant of the disease which is more virulent and vicious.

”We have noted some laxity among our people with regard to observing the regulations. We will soon start to enforce the guidelines to avert the prevalence which has risen to 9%,” said Dr. Tarus.

The county’s health executive committee member Claire Namenge raised concern over a move by breastfeeding women to resort to milk supplements saying it contravenes the six months exclusive breastfeeding policy.

“Milk supplements should not be used as the last resort. Mother’s milk is useful in boosting immunity among infants which gives them defense against infections,” said Mrs. Wanyama.

The donation by the Action Against Hunger organization included Liquid soap, hand sanitizers, Infra-red Thermo Guns, KN95 Masks, Surgical Medical Masks and Surgical gloves among others.