Malaria outbreak claims four lives

A confirmed outbreak of Malaria in Kinna division, Garbatulla sub-county, Isiolo County has so far claimed four lives since the first case of the diseases was reported in December.

According to health records, the county has registered an upsurge of Malaria cases in sparsely populated Kinna area where at least 114 cases out of 447 tests taken from patients visiting health facilities turning out positive for the Malaria causing protozoa.

The four deaths recorded included three 10-year old children and a 14 year old, three being boys and one girl. They succumbed to Malaria on dates between December 18, 2015 and January 3, this year.

The County Public Health Officer Guracha Sarite confirmed the deaths saying a team of health officials was on the ground to create awareness on the best way to combat further spread of the disease..

He said that the County government has so far distributed about 900 treated mosquito nets to villagers and orientated 44 youth from the area on how to prevent mosquito from spreading among residents. The Mosquito nets were donated by Population Service International-Kenya (PCI-Kenya) UNICEF, USaid and Kenya Red Cross.

Mr. Sarite appealed to the area people to be seeking immediate medical attention once they have symptoms of sickness.

He however revealed that there were adequate drugs in the health facilities though the malaria upsurge necessitated them to procure additional medicine from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa).

He added the illness was associated with the El-Nino weather phenomena that hit Kinna Division with Duse, Kinna Township and Rapsu most affected but awareness campaign to prevent further surge of the vector borne disease is being carried out there.

‘‘Following the bad roads which had been damaged by rainfall and the general remoteness of the area, there are hundreds of patients out there in the villages,’’ Sarite added.

Among the precautionary measures that the health officer urged residents to take included clearing bushes and grass near their residences and also drain any stagnant water which are common mosquito breeding sites.

The residents appealed to the National government, non-government organizations and well wishers to assist them with mosquito nets and drugs.

By David Nduro