Africa, Medical Health, Malaria Vaccine, Wekesa Masasabi, Kenya

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Kenya becomes third African nation to introduce world's first malaria vaccine

Kenya becomes third African nation to introduce world's first malaria vaccine

13.9.2019

Kenya becomes third Africa n nation to introduce world's first malaria vaccine

NAIROBI: Kenya on Friday added the world's first malaria vaccine to the routine immunization schedule for children under two, becoming the third ...

Malaria is a top killer of children under five in the East African nation, and the vaccine is critically important to its efforts to combat the disease because other measures such as mosquito nets have not proven adequate, the director general of Kenya's health ministry, Wekesa Masasabi, told Reuters.

"We still have an incidence of 27per cent (malaria infection) for children under five," Masasabi said before Friday's launch of the vaccine in the western county of Homa Bay.

Malaria can be eradicated within a generation, global health experts said in a major report last weekend that was commissioned by The Lancet medical journal. The Lancet report contradicted the conclusions last month of a malaria review by the World Health Organization, and its experts urged the WHO not to shy away from this"goal of epic proportions".

Malaria infected about 219 million people in 2017, killing around 435,000 of them, the vast majority babies and children in the poorest parts of Africa.

Read more: CNA

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