The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported progress in the mass net campaign in the fight against Malaria.
The campaign was first launched on November 15, in Homa Bay to achieve universal coverage and substantially reduce malaria cases across 22 targeted counties.
The Principal Secretary of State Department of Public Health and Professional Standards Mary Muthoni, in a statement on Thursday, said 95 per cent of beneficiaries in Homa Bay County have already received their nets.
She confirmed that a total of 841,ooo nets have been received in Kisii, reflecting a steadfast commitment to providing essential tools in the fight against malaria.
Still in Kisii, Muthoni said an additional 143,000 nets are scheduled for delivery this week, showcasing their responsiveness to the diverse needs of each region.
She noted that they do not only distribute nets but also give comprehensive training for all health workers on mass net digitization.
“Our efforts extend beyond net distribution to encompass comprehensive training for all health workers on mass net digitization process in Kisii and Nyamira,” said PS Muthoni.
She further said county stakeholders actively engage in the sensitisation initiatives, fostering collaboration in malaria eradication efforts.
According to the PS, their emphasis this week is placed on ongoing training for community health promoters and village elders.
Muthoni said they have also prioritised innovative approaches to ensure secure transportation and storage under the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KeMSA).
“The introduction of DigimalKE, a digital platform, underscores our commitment to accuracy and transparency in household registration and participant payments,” she said.
The PS said anticipating the arrival of Nyamira nets and completing the remaining 5 per cent distribution in Homa Bay, the move is not defined by numerical milestones but, by the lives positively impacted, empowered communities and resilience built against malaria.
“The Kenya malaria control program remains resolute in its mission to combat malaria, embracing innovation and fostering community partnerships towards a malaria-free future,” PS Muthoni said.
This is a good move towards curbing Malaria in the country.
By Matildah Obaigwa