Measles Investigation in Tana River County
Measles outbreak investigation in Tana River County was held from 10th to 18th January 2019 and involved three FELTP residents, one FELTP field coordinator and One MoH member of staff. Investigation indicated that Most of the cases infected by measles were unvaccinated young children of the age group 1-5 years and the investigation indicated that most of the facilities did not meet the minimum target of 80% vaccination coverage and health facilities not vaccinating daily. There were no defaulter tracing done and frequent supply stock outs facilitated to measles transmission. The study recommended that the county and facilities need to develop micro plans to identify hard to reach populations and their vaccination needs. It also recommended organizing catch up measles vaccination campaigns targeting the nomadic populations and strengthening routine immunization activities, maintenance of cold chain and ensuring that health workers are available and carry out routine immunization activities on all week days.