The Turkana County Minister for health and sanitation Hon. Jane Ajele joined residents of Nakwamekwi community unit to commemorate world malaria day which is an annual global event observed every 25th April to share efforts of the county government in the fight against malaria. The theme for this year was ‘zero malaria begins with me’ and a national rallying call ‘Natumia mbinu zote kumaliza malaria.’
She said that the ministry has increased the number and distribution of malaria sentinel sites from 22 to 35 to ensure malaria upsurge is detected early enough and responded to in good time in the entire county. The sentinel sites also monitor and reports on a weekly basis as part of malaria epidemic preparedness hence a significant reduction of malaria specific illness and deaths.
The Minister also said that the cases of malaria had reduced from 240,000 to 170,000 over the last two year. She attributed the reduction to; good stewardship of Governor Nanok towards strengthening health financing and supporting policy and technical leadership in Malaria control, enhanced availability of malaria commodities in all health facilities in the county, training of more than 1000 CHVs to detect and treat uncomplicated malaria and the continuous updating of health care workers on emerging approaches of malaria case management.
She noted that though the impact of malaria is hugely manifested through eroded household income and loss of opportunities arising from absenteeism due to the disease, the county will achieve malaria free status in the near future since all the necessary tools, manpower, resources, political goodwill and global support exists.
The event was attended by a host of staff of the national and county government including deputy director for public health Mr sifuna, sub county MoH for central Mr. Lochor, county coordinator for Malaria Mr. Lokemer, sub chief of Nakwamekwi sub location, ward administrator for township ward, principal and staff of the Kenya Medical Training College Lodwar campus and representatives of health program partners among others.