Kenya: Around 100,000 children in western region vaccinated against malaria since 2019

Since 2019, more than 100,000 children have been fully vaccinated for Malaria. One lady named “Lucy Akinyi’s” had three children, and they all suffered from Malaria. She has to visit their local health clinic in western Kenya every week to get good treatment.

More than 1 lakh children in the Malaria pandemic in western Kenya received the new vaccine against the disease of Malaria, which kills 260,000 children under five years in sub-Saharan Africa.

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A pilot programme in making the Malaria drug took time to make at least 30 years — in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi since 2019.

The WHO (World Health Organisation) approved for general use for children in sub-Saharan Africa and another at-risk region by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in October 2021.

For Akinyi and her family, the vaccine has worked like magic.

She said she always cared for their children by using mosquito nets over them while they slept, but they still came in touch with mosquitoes while playing outside despite her efforts.

She further said, “We used to have a lot of Malaria in our home. We could be at the hospital three times within a month.”

But after that, none of their home children has tested positive for Malaria since they took vaccination, she said, bringing her great comfort living in a region where the disease is a significant killer.

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She stated that “she is happy that none of their children is sick now.”

Her sister-in-law, Millicent Akoth Oyoya, decided to get her children stabbed after seeing the benefit it brought her nieces and nephews.

As per doctor views, admissions for Malaria are falling, as the harshness of symptoms. Since they started administrating the malaria vaccine in September 2019, doctors have seen a reduction in the cases of Malaria.

According to the hospital nurse, the children who get Malaria are not harmful, and the total digit of deaths due to Malaria has also gone down.