Over 600,000 nets to be distributed to control malaria
Busia County government will distribute 608, 000 treated mosquito nets to its residents beginning on Saturday with a view to control malaria.
Speaking while flagging off the five day exercise on Friday evening, Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said malaria has remained one of the major killer diseases over the years alongside HIV/Aids.
“Basically as you know, malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is preventable through in-house spraying, environmental cleanliness and use of mosquito nets,” he said.
Mulomi said that the nets were a big contribution by USAID and Global Fund through Population Services (K) and National Malaria control Programme to a cost of shs. 368 million.
“This is a very significant contribution to the people of Busia. I would like to request anybody who receives those nets to look after them and ensure that they are used effectively to reduce the incidents of malaria in Busia,” he said.
He noted that with the use of mosquito nets, people can be able to control malaria transmission adding that it was however unfortunate to find some of the residents using them to fence kitchen gardens.
The Deputy Governor pointed out that 90% of the budget at the preventive health care was used for treatment of preventable diseases like malaria, dysentery and diarrhea.
All the seven Sub Counties will be issued with the mosquito nets with Matayos Sub County receiving 132, 000, Teso South 98,000, Butula 89,000, Teso North 88,000, Nambale 81,000, Samia 68,000 and Budalangi 50,000.
Early 2017, 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%.
By Salome Alwanda