•Health workers brought together for training on how to tackle myths and disinformation on jab
•Only 1900 people had been vaccinated across Kitui county by the end of Monday
The government has moved to stem the lethargy in the uptake of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine among heath workers and teachers in Kitui county who are the targets of the first round of inoculation.
Health care workers from both the public and private health facilities in Kitui were brought together in a training in Kitui town to tackle misinformation and myth associated with the vaccine making residents to shy away from it.
At the start of the training that brought together subcounty health management teams from the 14 Level 4 public hospitals, faith-based and private health facilities, only 1,900 been vaccinated across the county.
Of those who received the jab that was launched on March 10 by the Kitui county executive for health and sanitation Dr Winnie Kitetu, 74 per cent were men while 36 per cent were women according to Kitui health department covid-19 report released on Monday.
At the Mwingi Level 4 Hospital the medical superintend Dr Evans Mumo said on Tuesday that the facility received 1,000 doses. He said the jabs were meant for health workers and teachers.
“We have observed poor turn out among teachers. We urge them to come out in big numbers to receive the vaccination,” said Mumo.
County expanded programme on immunisation logistician Henry Muinde said the aim of the session was to scale up the uptake of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine in the county.
-Edited by Sarah Kanyara