Report shows Malaria cases on the rise at the coast region

Report shows Malaria cases on the rise at the coast region

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Nairobi, KENYA: According to a recent survey cases of malaria are increasing in the coast region while dropping country wide.

The survey conducted by National Malaria control programme of the Ministry of Health indicates that malaria prevalence in the Coast region increased from 4 percent to 8 percent while endemic lake side regions stands at 27 percent .

Principal Secretary of Ministry of Health Nicholas Muraguri on Tuesday in Nairobi, said that nationwide prevalence dropped from 11 percent in 2010 to 8 percent .

“In the coast there is a slight increment of malaria cases from 4 to 8 percent while all other areas the prevalence is below 5 percent .” Muraguri said.

“The results of the coastal region indicates that more efforts are required to sustain fragile gains.”He added.

Muraguri warns that even if there is a drop of malaria cases nationally , it still remains a major cause of illness and death in the country ,as it accounts to 16 percent of all outpatient attendance in public facilities.

He pointed out that to address Malaria menace the ministry is implementing interventions which include diagnostics ,treatment ,the provision of nets and spraying households.

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The survey too indicates that more than 6 out of 10 households now own long lasting insectidal nets compared to 4.4 in 10 households as observed in 2010.