Posted February 17, 2021 5:18 pm by

Malaria burden in Busia, Siaya 6 times national average: MoH

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – The Ministry of Health says the Malaria burden in Busia and Siaya counties is six times higher than the national average citing a Sh24bn resource gap as a major impediment to the fight against malaria.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe made the remarks on Wednesday while launching the Kenya End Malaria Council and Fund, a multi-sectoral platform that brings together public, private sector, and civil society leaders to champion malaria control and elimination in Kenya.

The council is focused on raising awareness and mobilizing resources to end malaria at national, regional, and county levels.

Kagwe said the 12-member team chaired by Christopher Getonga is well suited to drive the agenda on malaria elimination in a more productive way, especially in the most affected regions.

“The burden of malaria is not spread evenly in the country it is higher in Busia and Siaya counties where incidence is six times higher, to mitigate this, we plan to accelerate efforts that will include the application of measures to kill and destroy mosquito larvae at the source in this counties,” he said.

Council members include Dorothy Nyongo – Kisumu County First Lady, Patrick Quarcoo- the Chief Executive Officer, Radio Africa, Eva Muthuuri, Beatrice Maingi, Prof Matilu Mwau, Dr. Jecinta Wacike, and Joyce Momanyi.

Dr Willis Akhwale will be the secretary of the council alongside Roneek Vora and Isaac Maluku.

Kagwe said the new council in partnership with government plans to accelerate efforts in order to eliminate malaria cases in the country.

“The council is not a replacement of  national malaria program which will remain responsible for the technical implementation of national malaria strategy,” the Health CS said.

The Council will advocate for the retention of malaria on the strategic agenda across all sectors of government, civil society and sensitize all leaders to the importance of ending malaria

The Health CS said the government’s agenda includes reducing over-reliance on foreign malaria drugs even as he appealed to donors and development partners to place emphasis on locally manufactured pharmaceuticals.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe delivers remarks on Wednesday while launching the Kenya End Malaria Council and Fund/COURTESY

“Wherever we have this products locally, let us buy from local suppliers, this will give jobs to kenyans. By promoting local manufacturing, we shall reduce reliance on foreign manufactured malaria supplies, ensure economic development as well as easy access and timely delivery of these essential commodities to the populations at risk of malaria,” Read More…