January 31, 2024
Nyamira County Government in conjunction with the National Government today rolled out mass net mosquito distribution in the devolved administrative unit.
The exercise targeting 169,974 household was presided over by the Deputy Governor Dr James Gesami at Nyamaiya Division headquarters of West Mugirango constituency.
The distribution of 449,974 mosquito nets is geared towards reducing malaria incidents and will be issued for free in the next five days.
The County has a malaria positivity rate of 7.7%, with high cases being reported in Nyamira North, Nyamira South and Manga sub-counties.
Households to benefit are only those whose members were registered by health volunteers.
The distribution will be done by Community Health Promoters, village elders and health care workers.
“I urge those who receive the nets to use them for the intended purpose. The nets are not fencing material or for chicken pens. Let us use them as a barrier to keep out mosquito to prevent malaria,” Dr Gesami said.
He said malaria has remained a major killer disease not only in Kenya but in the whole world.
He noted that most of the victims who succumbed out of the disease are children and pregnant mothers.
“To reduce it’s prevalence, we must sleep under treated mosquito nets all times. We must also destroy bleeding grounds,” he said
He asked health promoters to enhance their visitation in rural villages and provide basic treatments as a form of assisting the government in fighting various diseases.
Acting Health Executive Committee Member for Health Mr Bernard Maina said plans were underway to procure more drugs for the County’s health facilities.
The function was attended by Health Chief officer Moenga Momanyi, the County health director Dr Ogembo Nyambuti, County Deputy Chief of Staff and National malaria control board officials.
By Governor’s Pess Unit