County launches malaria control activities

Homabay County Government in partnership with America Indoor Residual Spraying will spend more than 1.2 Billion in malaria control activities over the next three years.

The American government through USAID has donated Sh 400 Million while the County government will give Sh 12 Million annually to support the program in terms of man power and logistics.

Speaking Monday during the launching of the program at the county headquarters, governor Cyprian Awiti said that malaria is one of the killer diseases in the area and called on the local residents to embrace the exercise. The exercise targets to spray about 256,000 households during the period.

Awiti, who was accompanied by American Indoor Residual Spraying Chief Project Representative in Kenya Bradley Longman, said one way of controlling the disease is by spraying of houses and sleeping under treated mosquito nets.

The governor hailed the partners and the national government for ensuring that the program is brought to Homa bay, and assured the community that the chemicals have been tested and found to be safe for both human beings and domestic animals.

He said the program has created employment opportunities for the residents, noting that 1586 and 856 personnel have been recruited as mobilizers and sprayers respectively to work for 36 days.

Longman said that AIRS will continue to work with the county Government to improve

livelihood of the residents and appealed to health stakeholders to embrace the exercise.

The function was also attended by among others County Executive Officer for Health Professor Richard Muga and County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe.

Source: Kenya News Agency