Stakeholders in the fight against malaria have hailed the recent recommendation by the World health organization on the use of malaria vaccine for children at risk of infection as groundbreaking.
Speaking during a media sensitization meeting on the latest development, Acting Director-General for Health Patrick Amoth, who was representing Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe, said the country now has additional armour in the fight against malaria.
He said the recommendation by WHO for widespread use of the RTS, S/AS01 (RTS, S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high malaria transmission will provide additional malaria protection to vulnerable children.
Speaking at the same forum, WHO Kenya Representative Juliet Nabyonga, congratulated the Kenyan government and its people for their unwavering support and participation in the vaccine pilot implementation.
CDC Global Country director, Marc Bulterys said the collaboration between the Kenyan government and partners has helped pave the way for wide-scale implementation of the promising intervention to combat malaria in the region.
8 counties and 26 sub-counties in the malaria-endemic areas (Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Vihiga and Bungoma) have been administering the vaccine as part of routine childhood immunization.
Ndhiwa sub-county of Homabay County was the first to administer the vaccine as a routine childhood immunization.