Tana River governor launches distribution of 280,000 mosquito nets

The Tana River governor, Major (Rtd) Dhadho Godhana on Wednesday launched the distribution of 280,000 mosquito nets to the County’s residents.

The governor, who launched the exercise at Mikinduni village in Galole constituency, underscored the importance of mosquito nets and urged residents to ensure they slept under treated mosquito nets.

This County has been rated as one of the most vulnerable counties in terms of malaria infections and there is need to fight the menace by properly using treated nets, he said.

The County Director Health Services, Dr. Oscar Endekwa said Coast province had received 1.5 million treated mosquito nets 280,000 of which would be distributed in Tana River County in the next five days.

The governor thanked the Global Fund for financing the initiative country-wide and the Ministry of Health through the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) for implementing it.

The governor said he had appointed Mrs. Mwanajuma Mabuke to be in charge of the health, sanitation and medical services docket in the County on the realization that women bore the brunt of poor health services.

I decided to appoint a woman to this docket because mothers are the ones who bear the biggest responsibility on their families’ health and I believe she has the passion and energy to deliver, he said.

The Tana River Acting Chief Officer for Health, Ms Jahi Haluwa stressed the need for proper use of mosquito nets, noting that many people had in the past used the nets for fishing and rearing poultry.

Many people have been using such nets to fish and rear chicken, but I urge you to properly use them to avoid being infected with malaria, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency