Arrow Web Hospital - Keeping Kenya Polio Free
In April, the hospital vaccinated 470 children, but for this second round of vaccinations, the hospital is expecting to vaccinate around 1500 total children under the age of 5 years as part of Kenya's campaign to "Keeping Kenya Polio Free."
Polio is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that lives in the human intestines. It can also be found in human feces. The virus is primarily spread by contact with the feces of an infected person-such as when changing diapers. It can also be spread through contaminated food and water in areas where there are poor sanitation systems. Once the virus enters the body, it multiplies in the throat and intestines. It travels through the bloodstream and infects the brain and spinal cord. Paralysis occurs because of this attack on the nervous system, destroying the nerves that send messages from the brain and muscles. Vaccination is the best way to prevent polio, but once infected there is no cure.
Help "Keep Kenya Polio Free" by bringing your children, or telling others to bring their children to be vaccinated. The hospital vaccinated 218 children on day 1. Here are some pictures of those impacted by our efforts.