Thursday, 9 June 2011

MALARIA: Kenya: Lack of Cash Halts Bed Net Distribution

Gilbert Ochieng : 30 May 2011
More than 100,000 mosquito nets sent to Busia County three months ago are yet to be distributed due to lack of funds. The 102, 650 nets were to be distributed to locals to curb the spread of malaria but failure to provide funds is hampering the war on the killer disease.
The District Public Health Officer, Ambrose Fwamba, said registration of those to receive the nets was done in March. Fwamba said a net will be given to two people in each household. "We have established 55 static posts from which the nets will be distributed to registered individuals," said Fwamba, adding that each static post has three supervisors and a security supervisor.
Statistics from Busia district hospital show about 7,697children below five years old and 6,875 adults were diagnosed with malaria in April.
In the previous month 7,000 adults and 6,100 children were treated for the disease at the health facility. This represents a five per cent increase for children and 10 per cent for adults.
Medics at the hospital blamed this on the weather pattern which, they observed, formed a favourable atmosphere for mosquitoes to breed. The campaign to reduce malaria in the country is in line with the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality

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