The India Government requires that all people entering India from Kenya should have a full polio vaccination six weeks before they board their flight.
This directive follows a decision by the government of India which requires Kenyans visiting the Asian country to be fully vaccinated against polio.
The national carrier Kenya Airways issued a notice to its clients to this effect.
“All travellers from Kenya will now be required to have in their possession a written record of vaccination (patient-retained record) for polio, preferably using IHR 2005 International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis from a hospital or centre administering OPV that is authorised by the Government of the Republic of Kenya,” read a statement from Kenya Airways to customers.
India has introduced new regulations which seek to kick polio out. Kenya is among the few countries in Africa which have suffered a setback in the fight against the paralysing disease.
Last year, 14 cases were confirmed in Daadab district at the border of Kenya and the war torn Somalia. The cases of Wild Polio 1 virus was traced back to Somalia.
Travellers to India are required to complete a full course of polio vaccine with a follow up oral polio vaccine six weeks before they take on their journey.
The vaccine will be valid for a year.
296 polio cases were confirmed last year globally, indicating a rise from 223 cases recorded in 2012.
The Ministry of Health last year immunised children under the emergency immunisation programme in Kakuma, Daadab and 22 other counties. More than 5 million children under the age of five were immunised.
The timeline for eradication of polio in the world was pushed to 2018. $5.5 billion is needed for this effort. The campaign is short of $ 1.5billion. Fundraising campaign is spearheaded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rotary Club- Africa.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria are ranked as polio endemic countries. Travellers can get their polio vaccine course at public hospitals