23 October 2019

Kenya joins to adopt the world’s first malaria vaccine

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The vaccine - RTS,S - is a four-dose medication, targeting deadliest and most common form of the malaria parasite. reports citing The East African nation of Kenya on Friday became the third country to immunize infants, using the world’s first vaccine against malaria.

Earlier Malawi and Ghana had adopted the vaccine against malaria -- the disease killing almost 1000 children globally every day.

Kenyan Health Minister Cicily Kariuki, who inaugurated the vaccination in Homabay County located on the floor of the great rift valley, said that malaria is one of the leading causes of illness and death among children in Kenya.

“Malaria is a leading killer of children and pregnant women across Kenya. The introduction of this vaccine is a major milestone in the war against the deadly disease,” he said. The minister further, said the vaccine will now be included, in routine vaccination program for children.

The vaccine -- RTS,S – is a four-dose medication, targeting the deadliest and most common form of the malaria parasite in Africa, where children under five account for two-thirds of all global deaths from the mosquito-borne illness.

“Part of what we want to see is how the population deals with it and the impact it will have to curb the deadly disease,” he said.

Homabay County in Kenya was selected for the pilot test, as the Kenyan Health Ministry had marked it as a high-risk area in East Africa.

It is the world’s first malaria vaccine, which was undergoing various tests over the past many years.

2019.09.13 / 17:52
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