Ministry Of Health Enhances Vaccine Transportation In Samburu County
Nairobi, Kenya, May 2, 2023
The Ministry of Health has made significant strides in strengthening immunization efforts in Kenya, with the handover of a refrigerated Land Cruiser vehicle to Samburu County to Samburu County Governor Jonathan Lati Leleliit and Woman Representative Pauline Lenguris.
During the handover ceremony, the Ministry of Health CS said the collaboration aims to facilitate the transportation of vaccines, ensuring the achievement of immunization targets in the county.
The vehicle, which is equipped with a GPS tracking device and temperature monitoring, is specially designed for the transportation of vaccines. “Samburu County currently receives its vaccines from Nakuru, which is hundreds of kilometers away. With the new vehicle, the transportation of vaccines from the depot to the county will be faster and more efficient,” said the CS.
She said the Ministry of Health is committed to supporting counties in improving their healthcare services, especially in far-reaching areas. The President's call to refocus healthcare on preventive and promotive measures, with immunization being a key component, aligns with the Ministry's goals, she noted.
Immunization is widely recognized as one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases, and the Ministry is dedicated to expanding access to vaccines and strengthening immunization programs across the country.
Governor Jonathan Lati Leleliit expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Health for granting his county the vehicle. The data collected from the GPS tracking and temperature monitoring devices will be useful for improving the model's application in other counties, ensuring that more Kenyans have access to life-saving vaccines.
The refrigerated Land Cruiser vehicle, piloted by Gavi and Toyota Tsusho, represents a remarkable advancement in vaccine transportation technology.