The ministry of health is set for a pilot mass distribution of nets in 28 Counties, Bungoma County included in an effort to fight Malaria disease.
Charles Chege (C) with Dr.Emmah Nyaboke and Dr.Anthony Akoto in Bungoma
According to Charles Chege from the ministry of health’s vector control program, the piloting program will be done in the 28 Counties through digital registration of beneficiaries phone numbers.
Speaking at Bungoma County Referral Hospital during the marking of World Malaria Day, Chege called on beneficiaries to put to use the nets to prevent Malaria prevalence.
Currently, Bungoma County stands at 24 percent malaria prevalence rate with stakeholders calling for concerted efforts to fight the diseases spread by mosquitoes.
With this year’s theme being, time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate and implement, stakeholders called for joint efforts to fight and end it’s high positivity rates.
Dr.Chege attributed high malaria positivity rate to Pregnant women and children below five years and therefore asked them to take great care of themselves in order to stay safe.
His sentiments were echoed by Dr.Emmah Nyaboke, the county deputy director health and sanitation who affirmed that the county was not doing well in the fight and prevention of Malaria.
She noted that Community Health Volunteers were playing an important role in discouraging the misuse of nets by using them in fencing vegetable gardens.
“You are an important partner and your role will help a great deal in discouraging such behaviours, let nets be put into proper use in fighting Malaria,” she added.
On the other part in the FY21, Afya Ugavi in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) through the Division of National Malaria Program (DNMP) and through support from PMI/USAID distributed about 1.3 million PBO nets in Bungoma County as part of Kenya’s triennial mass net distribution.