Kenya officially declared Guinea Worm Free

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Kenya was today officially declared a Guinea Worm Disease Free nation.

Cabinet Secretary for Health,Cecily Kariuki, today received the Guinea Worm Free Certificate from the World Health Organisation country representative,Dr. Rudi Eggers.

The Guinea Worm Disease is the second tropical disease to be fully eradicated from the country after small pox.

However, CS Kariuki mentioned the need to be cautious about re-emergence of formerly eradicated diseases especially from neighbouring countries and special groups of people like refugees and nomadic communities.

The CS also sensitised the need for eradication of other diseases like mother to child HIV transmission,polio and other diseases.