Insecurity cited as the major challenge to the fight against trachoma

Insecurity has been cited as one of the major challenges in the fight against trachoma in Laikipia County.

African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Laikipia North Health Promotion Officer, John Kasoo said cattle rustling and scramble for grazing ground had resulted in suspension of activities aimed at eliminating the disease in the area.

Immigration of pastoralists and their livestock from the neighbouring counties of Isiolo, Samburu and Baringo Counties into Laikipia due to the drought has constrained efforts to control the disease,” he added.

The health officer was giving a report in Laikipia north on Wednesday on the status of the diseases during a County Trachoma Task force meeting at a Nanyuki hotel.

Kasoo added that other challenges faced by the team included; lack of transport and archaic traditional and cultural beliefs, among others.

Chitiavi Juma, AMREF, projects Officer in Laikipia County said the organisation was a leading health Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Africa and runs over 100 programmes in the continent.

He said the Trachoma programme which is being undertaken in 12 endemic counties in Kenya, started in 2014 and ends 2017.

Juma added that the programme intends to ensure that by 2019 there is less than one case in every 1, 000 people tested for trachoma.

Juma noted that major factors that influence transmission of Trachoma were, poor hygiene and sanitation as well as crowded households.

Source: Kenya News Agency