During this year’s World Malaria Day Celebrations in Vihiga County, it was pointed out that Malaria is the biggest cause of sickness contributing significantly to the burden of disease. Almost half of all Out Patient contacts are due to Malaria. Diagnosis of this disease, treatment, and health workers’ time utilize a large part of funds that go into the Health System. Malaria is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women; in 2015 there were 69,061 Infants and 2,770 pregnant women treated for Malaria. Data reviews demonstrated, that the majority of cases were confirmed by diagnostic tests.
GIZ supported celebration of World Malaria Day in Vihiga County together with local, national and international partners. A large number of spectators were attracted by a march through the community. Sketches playing out
situations in families about use of mosquito nets, about getting money from the head of the household to take a sick child to a health facility, use of local medicines and others were displayed. Long queues attended a treatment tent set up to counsel clients on Malaria Showing the seriousness and attention from the community on malaria. Various age groups were reached, from young children to the aged. Members of County Health Management Team (CHMT) and Sub County Health Management Team ( SCHMT) gave speeches on prevention and treatment of Malaria and the County Chief Executive Committee Member (CEC) of Health, Ms. Zilpa Kageha emphasized the work that had been done to reduce the burden of this disease.
Coordinated efforts were visible during an event that embraced the population. The Health System, the Political level, and Partners demonstrated the efforts undertaken to reduce malaria in Vihiga County. The last National Malaria Survey shows that these efforts are successful, as prevalence of persons carrying the parasite is going down in Western Region.
GIZ Health Sector Programme collaborates with Vihiga County towards increasing access especially for the poor and persons in the informal sector to quality healthcare through various targeted initiatives.2016-06-02
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