Measles outbreak kills three children in Narok
A measles outbreak has killed three children in Olokurto division of Narok North district. Area medical officer of health Dr David Kuria said the deaths were confirmed when a medical team visited the affected areas. Speaking to the press in his office yesterday, Kuria said that the worst affected primary schools are Ilmolelian, Entiani and Purko.
He said they started emergency vaccination to fight the disease. “The department of health has initiated a mobile vaccination campaign jointly with health workers and the team has been dispatched to the affected areas," he said. Kuria blamed the parents for failing to report the disease to relevant authorities so that they could contain the situation. “The measles virus is highly contagious and can be fatal, but can easily be prevented by proper immunisation,” he said.
He appealed to the parents to take their children aged five years and below to the nearest health centre for vaccination. “The remote places which are inaccessible because of poor road network will now be reached through mobile vaccination,” he said. The medical officer urged the local residents to embrace modern medicine at health facilities instead of using traditional herbs that are ineffective.