Over 1,500 test positive for malaria in Elgeyo Marakwet
SEE ALSO: Bett wins Iten cross countryOver 1,500 malaria cases were recorded in January alone, with dozens others still admitted in various hospitals. At Chesongoch Mission Hospital in Marakwet East, Lilian Raymond, the nurse-in-charge, said 450 people tested positive for malaria in January. She said the hospital, which acts as a referral facility locally, was forced to borrow mattresses from a neighbouring Tot Sub-county hospital after the number of severe cases of malaria in need of admissions swelled. “We have been overwhelmed. The anti-malarial drugs we purchase from Mission for Essential Drugs (MED) and the county government have been getting depleted so fast because of the high number of malaria patients,” Sister Raymond said. She added that the facility at one time in late January admitted 90 malaria patients against a capacity of 56 beds. Some patients were, as a result, made to sleep on the floor while many shared beds.
SEE ALSO: Agencies clash over two water projectsMalaria cases, according to the letter, are likely to stretch for a longer period, and may exert considerable strain on health system and impact on delivery of other health services. “The purpose of this letter is to draw your attention to the need for your county departments of heath to put mechanism in place to confront any potential risk of malaria upsurges/epidemics occurring,” reads a letter written by Acting Director General of Health, Dr Patrick Amoth.
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