Kenya makes headway in fight against Malaria,health ministry says

The ministry of health has reported that Malaria prevalence has reduced from 8% to 6.5% in the last five years.

Commemorating the world malaria day, the ministry rolled out a campaign to distribute 15.7 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets in 27 high malaria burden regions set to benefit 25 million Kenyans.

The proportion of patients with malaria seeking out-patient services also reduced from 30% to 19% while in-patient admissions have decreased from 20% to 15%.

The campaign is set to kick off from the 30th of April to 31st July this year.

The ministry noted that they plan to scale up the current efforts, introduce new strategies and apply lessons from countries that have recently eliminated malaria like Cuba, Argentina and Algeria.

Health CAS Rashid Aman also said that experts from Cuba will arrive in the country this week to help  map out key breeding sites for spraying.

 This Malaria Vector Control Project is targeting eight counties comprising of Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga.

Since September 2019, more than 190,000 children in selected areas of Kenya have received at least one dose of the malaria vaccine through routine childhood vaccination.

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