Malaria Prevalence in Kakamega drops to 27 per cent

Kakamega County Health Executive Mrs. Peninah Mukabane Monday said the prevalence of malaria in the county has dropped to 27 per cent, attributing the drop to an aggressive campaign on the use of treated mosquito nets.

Speaking during celebrations to mark the World Malaria day on at Khwisero, Mukabane said that in 2015, a total of 100,026 treated nets were distributed to 391 households with about 56 percent of the recipient households putting them to proper use while the remaining diverted the nets to other use.

She called on ward administrators to look for and take action against residents who received nets but were using them to fence off their kitchen gardens and stifling the fight against malaria.

The CEC pledged to set aside S0 million of the county health budgetary allocation to upgrade Khwisero sub- county hospital to a level four hospital and purchase an ambulance to ease movement of patients.

Mukabane said plans were also underway to construct two additional wards at the Kakamega County referral hospital to ease overcrowding.

The Director, Health Services Dr. David Oluoch assured the residents that all county health institutions had been supplied with adequate malaria drugs and advised them to ensure that they get tested before ingesting any drugs.

He said resistance to malaria drugs is caused by lack of testing and buying over the counter drugs and not adhering to recommended doses due to lack of awareness of the dangers of doing so.

He said that only 38 percent of Kenyans test for malaria before taking drugs from prescribed sources.

SOURCE: Kenya News Agency