The Ministry of Health in Kenya has secured a staggering 8 million doses of childhood routine vaccines valued at a whopping 1.2 billion Kenyan Shillings.

This significant move aims to tackle recent vaccine shortages across the country. Principal Secretary in the State Department for Medical Services, Harry Kimtai, personally welcomed the immense consignment at the Kitengela Central Vaccine Store in Kajiado County.

“This marks a pivotal moment in safeguarding the health of our children and ensuring a brighter, healthier future for all,” stated the Ministry of Health upon the arrival of the vaccines.

The replenished vaccines, including Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), Oral Polio, Tetanus-Diphtheria, and Measles Rubella, are set to be distributed to nine regional vaccine stores starting from June 7. Kimtai stressed the importance of healthcare workers collaborating with community health teams to ensure all children receive vaccinations.

The Ministry of Health expressed its gratitude to Gavi for their support and commitment to a smooth transition towards full self-financing by 2030.

Efforts are being made to secure stable vaccine supplies through innovative financing options and increased resource allocation from the National Treasury. This breakthrough highlights Kenya’s dedication to enhancing healthcare access and securing a healthier future for its citizens.