Baringo South Member of National Assembly Charles Kamuren has called for the introduction of compulsory Hepatitis B vaccination by County Governments in regions affected by the disease.
Speaking on Sunday in Sandai, Baringo South, Kamuren said making vaccination against the disease compulsory would avert loss of lives.
Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, and West Pokot are some of the Counties facing an outbreak of the disease.
Kamuren cited Baringo County where at least 10 people have died from the disease.
He said the worst affected areas include Loboi, Sandai, Lake Baringo, Marigat, Barwesa, Cheminytany and Bartabwa.
He also said more residents risk contracting the Hepatitis B virus if urgent measures are not put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.
On her part, Baringo Woman Representative Gladwell Tungo appealed to locals to take advantage of the ongoing vaccination drive by the County government to be vaccinated against the deadly disease.
She decried the low turnout for the vaccination exercise and urged the residents not to associate the disease with witchcraft. She said Hepatitis B resulted from natural known causes and contraction of the disease could be prevented through vaccination.
Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver. It can cause scarring of the organ, liver failure, and cancer. It can be fatal if it is not treated.