Kenya distributes 15.7 mosquito nets in Malaria elimination project

Kenya has launched the distribution of 15.7 million insecticide mosquito treated nets in high malaria burden areas.

Targeting some 25 million Kenyans, the campaign which is estimated to cost Sh8 billion and will run through to July 31 this year. 

The regions set to benefit include the lake region, presently bearing the biggest disease burden which includes eight counties of Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Vihiga, Siaya, Busia, Bungoma and Kakamega.

Coast is similarly a malaria-endemic region consisting of Kwale, Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu.

Other counties named as highly prone areas include Narok, Kisii, Nyamira, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia and parts of West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo.

So far,  Cuban doctors have landed in the nation to aid in the malaria elimination process.

This follows a deal penned between Cuba and Kenya to ensure both nations undertake a two-year project on  biological methods usage in the control of mosquito vectors.

In history, Cuba is among the few nations that have successfully eliminated malaria  in the globe. 

“Experts from Cuba will be working with their Kenyan counterparts at both national and county level to map out key breeding sites for spraying using biological methods to kill the mosquito larvae at the breeding sites,” an official said.

Kenya launches an Sh 8 billion malaria elimination project with Cuban doctors targeting 25 million Kenyans by July 31.

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