Bungoma County records a high number of Malaria positivity cases per month especially in epidemic zones of the county which includes Mt.Elgon and Tongaren.
Speaking to the press at Bungoma County referral Hospital during world Malaria day, Dr. Moses Wambusi county malaria control coordinator (CMCC) said Bungoma County records 30,000 malaria positivity cases per month.
"Malaria positivity cases have gone up in Bungoma County, the county has enhanced sensitization in villages," he said, adding that the county records 1,000 cases per day.
He added that everybody is prone to malaria saying that children are more hit because their immune system is still below, others are expectant mothers, those living with HIV, the aged and people battling TB.
Wambusi said that the county government through the ministry of health has deployed Community health volunteers (CHV's) to help in testing and administering AL drugs to residents as one of the ways to curb malaria.
"We have deployed CHV’s in all the villages whom we have given testing kits that will help in testing malaria," he said.
He lauded Amref and KANCO for providing personal protective equipment (PPE's) which are given to CHV's to help in fighting malaria.
He asked residents to apply used engine oils in stagnant water, adding it provides breeding sites for malaria.
Dr. Wambusi assured that Bungoma has received malaria vaccine which will be rolled out in four faces, he urged residents to take their young ones and be administered with malaria vaccine.
‘’This vaccine is now available in Bumula, Bungoma county where residents should take their children and get vaccinated,’’ he said, adding that the vaccine will be rolled out in all the nine constituencies.
He pointed out that Bungoma, Vihiga, Homabay, Migori, Siaya, Kisumu and Busia are among the counties that have rolled out the malaria vaccine.
He appealed to Bungoma residents to visit healthcare facilities in case they feel sick and stop purchasing un prescribed drugs from kiosk counters. He also asked expectant mothers to visit clinics and get mosquito nets.
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