The ministry of health today revealed that it will involve youth in malaria control efforts, youth will be drawn from the 8 counties that will be involved in this project for sustainability as directed His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kenya today launched a campaign to distribute 15.7 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets in 27 high malaria burden regions. This campaign kicks off from the 30th of April to 31st July this year. It is an 8-billion-shilling campaign targeting to benefit 25M Kenyans.
“ Kenya, signed an agreement with the Cuban government who successfully managed to eliminate malaria in 1973. The agreement was for both countries to undertake a two-year project on the use of biological methods for the control of mosquito vectors” the ministry said.
The ministry of health also said health experts from cuba are in the country and will be working with their Kenyan counter-parts 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.
“It is only Kenya, Ghana and Malawi on the African continent that have deployed the first ever malaria vaccine,” Dr. Rashid Aman, CAS Health.
More than 190,000 children have received the jab against malaria from the selected areas across the country through the routine children vaccination programs
It’s expected that WHO will use results from this pilot for policy recommendations on its use as an additional form of protection against malaria before the end of this year.
“We will be very proud as Kenyans to have contributed to this global knowledge,” Dr Rashid Aman.
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