Vihiga residents urged to collect and use mosquito nets

Residents of Vihiga County have been urged to collect mosquito nets from health centres and designated posts spread across the county.

The County Malaria Control Co-ordinator, Mrs. Hellen Agisa Ilavuya, made the appeal when she briefed Kenya News Agency (KNA) at her office in Mbale town.

The department of health services began distribution of mosquito nets in the county on Tuesday, in a five day exercise that ends Sunday.

Mrs. Ilavuya disclosed that close to 420,000 mosquito nets were set to be distributed in Vihiga County.

She added that the national government had released a total of 419,240 nets to be distributed to about 142, 752 households in the entire county.

Our target is to reach 779,115 users in all the five sub counties of Vihiga County, pointed out Mrs. Ilavuya, adding each household would be served a maximum of five nets.

The locals should collect the nets from all health facility centres and designated posts where they previously had registered personal details, said Mrs. Ilavuya, insisting individuals would only be served upon producing national identity cards.

She said the nets were accompanied with instructional vouchers, guiding users on proper utilization.

The officer emphasized on proper usage of the treated nets in order to assist the government reduce malaria prevalence in the region, and thereby cut costs involved in treating the disease as well as lose of human lives, she added.

We encourage the residents to sleep under the nets at all times, both in rainy or dry seasons as well as take great care of the mosquito nets, stated Mrs. Ilavuya who noted the exercise would be repeated after three years.

She disclosed Vihiga was among five counties identified within the Lake Victoria region where malaria prevalence had remained high.

Others include Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya counties.

The prevalence of Malaria in the five counties stands at 27 percent on average against the national average of 8 percent, noted Mrs. Ilavuya.

Source: Kenya News Agency