KENYA: MALARIA OUTBREAK LEAVES NINE PEOPLE DEAD IN BARINGO AMID CONTINUING NURSES STRIKE

NAIROBI, At least nine people have died from a Malaria outbreak in Tirioko Ward in Tiaty constituency, Baringo County in the last five days.

Dozens more are seriously ill and admitted in various hospitals amid the ongoing health sector crisis in the Counties. Lack of medical services has now seen the locals resort to traditional rituals.

Residents in remote villages can’t access the nearest hospitals located kilometers away where lack of transport and the poor road network are major hindrances.

The nearest health facility is in Chemolingot which is 100 kilometers away from the region with the outbreak.

Area MCA Sam Lourien said the number will go up if the situation is not addressed, calling on the National and County Governments to send doctors to the area.

Lourien said Rotu health center has since been closed due to the ongoing nationwide nurses’ strike making it difficult for residents to access health care services.

He said lack of shelter is also a major concern for families in the Constituency saying many residents don’t own houses and live under trees, making them vulnerable to mosquitoes.

Among those who have succumbed to the outbreak are six children, with Lourien saying insecurity is also a major concern in the area.

It has been a challenge to get the county ambulance transport patients to seek treatment while traditional rituals don’t seem to get the desired effect.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK