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County government assures residents of adequate medical supplies to contain malaria upsurge

By January 24, 2020 No Comments

The County government has moved in to assure the public of its commitment to contain outbreak of malaria that has seen scores of residents hospitalized.

Two people succumbed to the disease in the past two weeks, a secondary school student in Singore Girls’ alongside a resident from Kerio Valley.

Health facilities along Kerio Valley have also recorded and increased number of patients diagnosed with malaria.

Following the upsurge, the county government has since dispatched medical supplies to all health facilities with a view to containing the disease.

Deputy Governor HE. Wesley Rotich said adequate supply of anti-malarial drugs have been stocked in all the 129 health facilities across the County.

“We have also recalled all our health workers who were on leave to attend to the cases,” said Rotich while speaking to the media in Iten County Referral hospital Wednesday morning.

Iten Referral hospital medical superintendent Benjamin Kimaile said the facility received Six students from various secondary schools majority of whom were Form One students.

According to Rotich, hospitals such as Songeto which normally received between 10-20 patients in a day was currently recording between 80-100 people seeking treatment majority of whom were presenting malaria symptoms.

The County government directorate of Public Health disease surveillance team have directed Secondary school managers to observe prevention measures, said the Deputy Governor.

” We have also distributed several mosquito nets to the vulnerable persons particularly expectant mothers and children,” said the DG.

Rotich however said the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency KEMSA was not a reliable client in supplying equipment to Counties despite the fact that the national government maintained that it was the only relevant supplier authorised to offer the service.

” If we are to depend on KEMSA to supply us drugs, we ‘ll be courting problems because of its perennial delays and inefficiencies,” said Rotich.