In Summary
  • More than 100 people have tested positive for the virus while at least 25 have died in Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot in the last four months.

Residents of Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot counties will undergo screening and immunisation against hepatitis B, which has become rampant in the region.

Health Permanent Secretary Peter Tum over the weekend said the exercise will continue for the next three months.

“The national government will carry out immunisation in Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot to deal with hepatitis B, which is prevalent in these counties,” he said after visiting Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos accompanied by Medical Services director Jackson Kioko.

He said the health ministry will partner with county governments to fight the outbreak.

AWARENESS

Governor Tolgos said the county has established measures to deal with the disease, noting that a public screening exercise will be launched from next month.

“All the residents of Elgeyo Marakwet will undergo screening and immunisation from next month in affected areas,” he said.

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