The mass net distribution exercise in Busia County targeting 843,000 people was launched on Wednesday with two people in the family expected to share one net.
County Executive Committee Member for Health and Sanitation Dr Maurice Siminyu flagged off the track that will traverse the county to educate the residents on the need to register first before the nets are delivered to them in October.
Dr Siminyu said the County Government will make everything possible to ensure malaria was contained in the county, adding that community health volunteers will be going around the county to register the nets recipients.
He warned those who use mosquito nets for fishing and for fencing their vegetable farms to stop the habit saying it will discourage sponsors from supporting the health sector in the county.
Senior manager Population Services Kenya Denis Mwambi said the program is being funded by USAID and Global Fund through Population Services (K) and National Malaria Program.
The exercise comes a day after Busia was ranked the second county after Kwale for the role it has played in bringing down Malaria prevalence rate from 30 per cent to 15%.
Mwambi said during the first cycle of net distribution in 2015, Malaria prevalence rate in Busia County was 30%. ” We have achieved this impressive target due to people getting instant treatment due to availability of malaria drugs and people sleeping under nets.
A total of 470,000 mosquito nets will be distributed across the county after the five-day registration exercise that will run up to Sunday,” he said.
County Director Public Health Dr Melsa Lutomia urged residents to allow CHVs to access their homes to facilitate the registration exercise.
Photos: Busia County CEC for Health and Sanitation Dr Maurice Siminyu flagging off the track during the launch of the Mass net distribution outside the Governor’s office on Wednesday.
– County Director Public Health Dr Melsa Lutomia during the launch of the Mass net distribution outside the Governor’s office on Wednesday. Looking on is CEC for Health Dr Maurice Siminyu (right).