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NGO launches project to fight malaria

Health & Science

By Joel Okwayo and Peter Mutai

An NGO has started a project to fight malaria in flood-prone Budalang’i constituency.

Restoration and Rehabilitation Centre will distribute more than 10, 000 mosquito nets with priority going to families displaced by floods two months ago.

The centre chairperson Jael Esibi said yesterday the nets would be given to pregnant mothers and children aged two years and below.

Ms Esibi said the project would ensure displaced families get mosquito nets to prevent malaria when they return to their homes.

"Some families have returned with blankets and tents but they don’t have mosquito nets, which they lost when shifting to higher grounds," said Esibi.

Waterborne diseases

She said the centre would also provide water-purifying tablets to avert a possible outbreak of diseases.

Speaking during the distribution of the nets at Nangina Health Centre in Samia District, Esibi explained that cases of pregnant women and children with malaria were rampant in Samia and Bunyala districts.

The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation is also distributing mosquito nets to the residents.

Western Provincial Public Health Officer Timothy Olobero, who was present at the function, said the Government was determined to ensure health centres are equipped with adequate drugs and facilities to fight malaria.

Separately, Unilever Kenya Tea Ltd in Kericho yesterday treated orphans at Dow Family Children’s Home in Konoin, Bureti District, to a Christmas party.

The company donated food, detergents and soft drinks to the home, which is sponsored and ran by an American family, Mr Gregory and Mary Rose Dow.

Local MP Julius Kones contributed Sh10,000 .

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