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Meru Among The Counties To Benefit From The Ksh194 Million Health Partnership

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Technical officials from the Centre for Disease Control CDC and officials from the National AIDS Control Program (NASCOP), Tuesday, launched the public-private partnership on infection prevention and control in clinical practice through, safe phlebotomy, injection, and infusion practices as well as health care worker’s immunization program.

The partnership will support the immunization initiatives by providing vaccines for 3,000 health workers across nine counties namely, Nairobi, Meru, Nyeri, Kiambu, Embu, Nakuru, Kisumu, Trans Nzoia, and Mombasa.

The aim is to improve infusion safety, by reducing infusion-related complications and needle stick injuries.

Surveillance data shows that only 20% of Health Care Workers who had an accidental needle stick injury were vaccinated for Hepatitis B.

As part of Kenya Infection Prevention and Control Global Collaboration for Advancement (KINGA), the partners have developed a vaccination program for HCWs in nine supported sites across counties, with a spectrum of HBV prevalence from 0.8% to 6.3%.

The launch that will see a total value of about KSH 1.8 being used over three years, is an outcome of a journey that started 8 years ago, with the first Public-Private Partnership among the same consummate partners in the field of injection and safety.

Felicity Gitonga

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