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County government steps up campaign against vector disease

The  County government of Marsabit has enhanced the fight against the Kala-azar disease in Laisamis sub-county.

The  County CEC for Health, Dr. Jamah  Wolde said an intense vector spray against the sand fly has started in Loglogo and Laisamis locations which are the worst affected by the disease.

Dr. Wolde told KNA that the spray against the vector targets 200 houses in the two areas where new cases have emerged this  week.

The  CEC said 40 hot spots have been identified and the county government aims to distribute 500 treated mosquito nets to help the poor locals protect themselves against the sand fly.

He  added that the devolved unit was getting overwhelmed having spent more than Sh 40 million in attending to over 200  cases since the outbreak was reported a month ago.

“A single dose for Kala-azar costs about Sh. 200,000 and we are also engaged in sensitization campaigns and issuance of  treated mosquito nets” he said.

The  CEC expressed concern that still there were 27 admission cases, 20 at Laisamis level 4 hospital and 7 at Marsabit county referral hospital despite relentless efforts to bring the situation under control.

Dr. Wolde  appealed to the national government through the ministry of health, donors and other stakeholders in the health  sector to chip in and assist in containing the disease which has so far claimed four lives.

He  also thanked the Kenya Red Cross and Concern World Wide for availing vehicles to assist in transport logistics.

By  Sebastian  Miriti

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