Kenya on Alert for Polio after Nigeria Scare

 Kenya has heightened surveillance for polio following an outbreak in Nigeria early this month, and amid rising concerns over the risk of a potential re-introduction of polio in the continent,

Ministry of Health experts have assured the public that there is nothing to worry about, and At the same time, however, they have asked the government to boost immunization across the country with special focus on areas with low coverage.

According to an expert at the ministry, the new cases in Nigeria are a stark reminder that immunisation of children cannot stop, especially at a time when vaccine-derived polio virus is being detected in the environment, adding that “The re-infection in Nigeria means that no country in the world, especially Africa is safe because in the past we have had cases of disease importation,” said the expert who could not be named as they are not allowed to speak to the Press.

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