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TIPS ON MALARIA

  • HOW CAN MOSQUITOES BE CONTROLLED?

    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.

  • HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO-BORN DISEASES?

    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.

  • WHO ARE AT RISK?


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.
     

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MEDIA URGED TO FINISH IT OFF

The  prevalence of malaria in  Kenya has reduced from 34 percent to 20 percent in the past five years, except in one  region which has not  adhered  to proper use of mosquito nets. And now, the government is calling on the media to step up advocacy especially in Nyanza region.

“We need to re-engineer the approaches for  advocacy,  social  behaviour  change communication and social mobilisation to further  leverage  on  the scaling  up  of malaria  control measures,”  said  James Macharia, Kenya's Cabinet  Secretary  for Health.

He told journalists during the commemoration of this year's World Malaria Day that while the universal coverage of mosquito   nets in Kenya was about 83 percent, in lake endemic regions, the use of the nets was an unacceptable 32 percent.

According  to the Ministry of  Health, parasite  prevalence in most  parts of the country has come down to less than five percent. However, the government  notes that there is still a disturbing high parasite prevalence of over 38 percent in counties around Lake Victoria basin which need to be addressed.

“I  therefore  would like to  appeal  to  the media and communication agencies to use their comparative  advantage  of reaching out to  communities with relevant and accurate information that will bring about positive change,” said Hon Macharia.

According to the Health Cabinet Secretary, Kenya plans to develop county epidemiological  profiles  that will  guide  county health authorities on what to invest in, as guided by international best practices.

Hon  Macharia  pointed  out that  the government was planning to start providing free treatment of malaria in all public  and  faith based  health facilities across the country and highly-subsidised malaria  medicines  in the  private  sector through the Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria.

Another planned action to eliminate the disease is the implementation of Test, Treat and Track (TTT) policy, capacity-building of health  workers, availability  of  rapid diagnostic kits and microscopy services to ensure  rational  use  of  medicines  and improved treatment outcomes.

To this end, the government  has already procured  and  distributed  7million rapid diagnostic  kits to  different  parts  of the country in the past two years.

The cabinet secretary acknowledged that the government  could  not  do  much without  support from non-governmental organisations, the development  partners, the media and the communities.

“I  want  to  particularly acknowledge  the role played by the  Global Fund  to  fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, USAID, PMI, DFID, WHO, UNICEF and all the implementing partners in malaria control.

So far, due to the reduced prevalence of the disease, the Kenyan Ministry of Health notes that  illnesses  and  deaths due  to malaria  have  reduced  progressively  by more than 50 percent in the past five years.

Similarly, latest  statistics  at the ministry indicate that malaria illnesses and deaths in young children have reduced by between  44 percent and 52 percent, subsequently  contributing  to the overall reduction in child mortality by 36 percent and infant mortality by 31 percent.

In  Kenya, the commemoration  of  this year's World Malaria Day was taken to the lake region,  where  officials  from the government, non-governmental organisations, faith-based groups, schools, community-based organisations and  residents  gathered  to  watch  drama skits, poems and choral verses, speeches and  songs  geared  towards  behaviour change among residents of the region as a key aspect in the fight against malaria.

“Many people are using mosquito nets to fence crops in home gardens, while others take them  to the lake for fishing. This is unacceptable. The nets must be used for preventing  mosquito  bites,  if at  all we want to win the war against the disease,” said Fred Sigor, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.

He warned that  the  government  will  no longer  tolerate  individuals  who  use mosquito nets for wrong purposes.

“We are going to take stern action against anybody who is derailing the fight against malaria by misusing the nets,” he said.

BY ISAIAH ESIPISU
 

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