Percentage of fully immunized children in Laikipia County surpasses the national target.
The coverage of fully immunized children at nine month in Laikipia County has increased to 85.2 percent from January to June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.
The two year coverage is above the 80 percent national level target, whose success is attributed to intensified integrated outreaches in all wards and financial support by the County Government.
Laikipia County Nutrition officer Phoebe Mwangangi however noted that Vitamin A supplementation coverage during the period under review has gone down by one percent compared to the previous year.
“Vitamin A supplementation coverage of children between 6 to 59 months has slightly decreased to 89 percent between January and June 2019, compared to 90 percent same time last year,’’ she added.
The Nutritionist, who was speaking in Nanyuki town pointed out that the two years’ Vitamin A supplementation coverage is also above the national target which stands at 80 percent.
On the current status of food consumption across the County, Mwangangi said, 98.7 percent of the households in Mixed Farming (MF) livelihood zone have maintained an acceptance food score.
“The pastoral zone has an acceptable food score of 88.3 percent and poor food score of five percent,” the nutritionist added.
The nutritionist further pointed out that in the Marginal Mixed Farming (MMF), 38.9 percent of households have acceptable foods score, 59 percent have a borderline score while 2.2 percent have poor food score.
She said the dietary diversity has remained stable across all the livelihood zones except for some areas in Pastoral and Mixed Marginalised Farming zones, which are experiencing food stress.
Mwangangi said a survey conducted by the County Steering Group (CSG) last week said the most common ailments being reported in the County, are Upper Tract Respiratory Infection (UTRI) and Diarrhoea, while in Laikipia North Sub County, cases of skin disease and eye infection were also being recorded.