More than 14,300 families to benefit from mosquito nets in Kwale


Kwale, KENYA: More than 14,300 residents in Kwale County will benefit with treated mosquito nets in a mosquito nets mass distribution launched by the government.

The project is funded by global funds in partnership with national and county governments and 501,600 nets are expected to be distributed to residents of the four sub-counties of Kwale.

County executive for health Francis Gwama said the distribution will take five days and is meant to eradicate Malaria in the county to a zero death.

214 residents in Kwale county get affected by malaria every year hence making it 17 percent of the global affection.

County Malaria control programme officer Elizabeth Chomba said the nets will be divided to the previous registerd residents.

A national ID will be needed to verify the registration.

“The nets will be collected at our facilities and some schools for those who are far from health facilities,” she said.

The beneficiaries were advised to keep the net under a shade for 24 hours to reduce the effect of power tab.

Mwavumbo residents have applauded the government for the net distribution saying that it has cut down costs of buying from shops.

They have also refuted claims from some residents that the nets are associated with devil worshiping.

At the same time, community health volunteers in the county received bicycles which will aid them the problem of traveling a long distance by foot to do their voluntary services.

Gwama said 60 health volunteers will receive the bicycles to enable them access areas with bad terrain.