The Ministry of Health (MOH) in partnership with Global Fund will distribute one million Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLIN) in the next five days to residents in Kisii County to combat malaria infections in the region.
Speaking to KNA in his office today, the County Director for Public Health and Sanitation, Dr. Richard Onkware said they target 320,000 households that were registered to receive nets.
Onkware added that they had mobilized community health volunteers, chiefs, and village elders to ensure that the registered residents are recognized using their Identity Cards (ID) during the collection of the nets.
“From the 2019 Census statistics, Kisii County has an average of five people per household. We approximate that each household will get three nets but it depends on how many people are in each household. If they are only two, they will get one net and if they are eight people, they will get four nets,” Onkware expounded.
He pointed out that there was a drastic reduction of malaria infections in the county over the years due to Malaria Control’s innovative strategies such as; free nets distribution, indoor residual spraying, free malaria testing, and provision of free Artemether-lumefantrine (AL) drugs.
He noted that there was a slight delay last year in the distribution of the LLIN nets that is done after every three years, due to Covid-19 cases.
Onkware urged the residents to desist from using the LLIN nets to secure their kitchen gardens and storing them for long but to use the nets as required saying they are only meant to protect them from mosquito bites that transmit malaria.