Do not use the nets we’re giving to fish, warns health PS

Health PS Mary Muthoni during the oversight of the net distribution posts in Mombasa.She warned beneficiaries against using the nets to fish or selling them./COURTESY

If you have received mosquito nets from the government, ensure you use them for the intended purpose.

Speaking in Mombasa, Health Principal Secretary Mary Muthoni urged local leaders to conduct sensitization to ensure effective utilization of the nets in the fight against Malaria.

“Do not sell that net, I am not selling it to you so don’t sell it. Do not use it to fish, carry children, as a bathing cloth, or use it in the farms to protect your vegetables and chicken,” warned the Health PS.

PS Muthoni was speaking while conducting oversight of the Mombasa net distribution posts. Muthoni said the nationwide distribution of nets will continue up to April to boost the fight against Malaria and other mosquito related diseases.

“In the current government, we want to move from curative to preventative measures. We want to reduce the queues at the hospitals by reducing Malaria infections, waterborne diseases and other infections,” said PS Muthoni.

Nyali Deputy County Commissioner Geoffrey Ithai has assured that the nets will get to their intended beneficiaries.

“As a national government, we started from the grassroots. We will make sure the nets get to the intended beneficiaries through our Community Health Promoters (CHP) who will also demonstrate how to effectively use them,” said DCC Ithai.

So far, 606,985 people in Mombasa have already received the nets. This is according to data from the Ministry of Health.

The nationwide initiative aims to distribute over 15 million nets across 22 counties.