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Health Ministry ups mosquito nets distribution

 Public Health Principal Secretary Mary Muthoni.[Jenipher Wachie,Standard]

The Ministry of Health says the Kenya Malaria Control Program has made significant strides in the Mass Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs)campaign across identified malaria-prone counties.

Public Health Principal Secretary Mary Muthoni stated that the program has been impactful, especially in the Nyanza region.

"Notably, 95 per cent of beneficiaries in Homa Bay have already received their nets. A remarkable 841,000 nets have been received in Kisii County. This process reflects our steadfast commitment to providing essential tools in the fight against malaria," PS Muthoni said in a statement.

The program was launched on November 15, 2023, in Homabay County to reduce malaria cases across 22 targeted counties. 

Further, 143,000 nets are scheduled to be delivered this week to different regions.

The PS stated that the Ministry has introduced a digital platform (digital Ke) to ensure accuracy and transparency in household registration for net distribution. 

They have trained health workers on the digitization process in Kisii and Nyamira.

"This week, emphasis is placed on ongoing training for Community Health Promoters and village elders- a critical step in reinforcing our joint resolve against malaria," she added.

She says the ministry has prioritized innovative approaches by ensuring the secure transportation and storage of LLINs under the oversight of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

The control program looks forward to delivering Nyamira nets and completing the remaining 5 per cent distribution in Homa Bay.

According to PS Muthoni t,he program remains resolute in its mission to combat malaria, embracing innovation, and fostering community partnerships toward a malaria-free future.

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