KNA Busia County has intensified the fight against malaria by distributing microscopes to three health centres a few days after issuing mosquito nets.
Speaking after delivering microscopes at Lupida Health Centre, Mudembu and Akobwait dispensaries in Nambale and Teso South Sub-counties, The Busia Chief Officer Medical Services, Dr Isaac Omeri, said efforts by the County Government and other partners to reverse the malaria prevalence rate that stands at 19 per cent should be taken seriously.
The Chief Officer said the distribution of microscopes to various health facilities would address difficulties experienced by locals and bring services closer to them, remarks that were echoed by the residents.
“Most of the residents were forced to walk several kilometres to get tested for malaria in other health facilities. We appreciate efforts by the County Government of Busia to bring services at the grass root level,” said Julius Ekesa, Chairman of the Mudembi Dispensary in Nambale Sub-county.
Dr. Omeri dismissed false allegations by a section of residents that mosquito nets harboured bedbugs.
He termed the claims as myths and misconceptions, noting that nets which were distributed across the County to boost the fight against malaria do not have bedbugs as they met health standards.
“Some people have raised claims that the new nets distributed have bedbugs, it is not true,” he emphasized, adding that the treated nets have made parasites hiding in beds to be uncomfortable hence forcing them to come out of the hiding places.
Dr. Omeri stressed the need for proper usage of nets, cautioning those using them for the unintended purpose, including fishing and harvesting of termites that they risk arrest.
“Some of our people are using the nets to harvest termites, an action that is not right. Let us adhere to the guidelines by the health officials on the use of mosquito nets to achieve the objective of fighting malaria which continues to affect mostly children and pregnant women,” Dr Omeri noted.
He at the same time urged residents to ensure they cleared bushes and stagnant water which act as breeding ground for mosquitoes.