Kenyans have been urged to ignore misinformation going round on social media advising people against the covid 19 vacination. The People living with disability (PWD) led by the Nakuru County Chairman, George Otieno,says they fear that the adversity of families who failed to take their children for polio vaccinations in the 1970s might be repeated due to the half-truths being propagated in social media about covid-19 vaccine.
Otieno said that vaccination saves lives and he’s always at the forefront during the polio vaccination exercises in the country because he doesn’t want any other child to miss on the important life support. He added that polio mainly affects children under five years, and one in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralyses, like his. But, among those paralyzed, 5 to 10 per cent die when breathing muscles become immobilized.
The chair commended the government for the multiple campaigns against polio because the country was still at risk of importation of the virus from neighbouring countries. He said just as the polio vaccine has protected many children from paralysis, he was convinced, the covid-19 vaccine has the capacity of shielding and guarding the lives of those who get vaccinated.
Otieno made passionate appeals to all the PWDs in the country to get vaccinated to prevent serious ailments and admissions that are beyond their meagre resources. He declared himself a covid-19 vaccination crusader.
By Wycliffe Andabwa