Mass distribution of Mosquito nets to kick-off in Mombasa

Two children sleeping under the net photo: courtesy

Mombasa County will start the distribution of mosquito nets on 20th March to fight malaria.

Mombasa County Director of Clinical Health Dr. Mohammed Hanif said they hope for a seamless distribution exercise targeting many households.

“We urge mwananchi to sleep under the net to prevent malaria and other diseases caused by mosquitoes,” he said.

Dr. Hanif added that the nets are already in respective sub-counties waiting for distribution exercise.

He urged community leaders, media, and community health promoters to mobilize Kenyans to pick the nets once the campaign kicks off.

The mosquito net distribution campaign will last four days from the 20th to the 24th of March.

942,284 nets will be distributed in the five sub-counties including; Likoni, Mvita, Jomvu, Changamwe and Kisauni.

The number of registered households surpassed the targeted number according to Dr Hanif who said they have had to ask for more nets from Kwale County.

” In terms of population, we targeted 1.3 million people but 1.7 million registered. This is due to several factors from exaggerations by locals on number of inhabitants in their houses, to our health promoters entering wrong data.However, we will ensure we distribute nets to all who registered”, he added.

Kisauni sub-county has the highest number of people who registered for nets with Mvita recording the least.

According to Mombasa County Malaria Control Coordinator Fatma Dulu, most residents of Mvita declined to register saying they already have nets.

“We will distribute those nets to other areas in need,” she said.

Dulu said only registered beneficiaries will receive their nets from the MOH, County project.

Likoni sub-county is currently leading in malaria cases in the County.