Nakuru County responds after 3 die of Malaria

Nakuru County Health CECM Dr.Gichuki Kariuki has called on residents of Solai to visit health facilities in the area for Malaria checkup.

Addressing media following reports of malaria cases that have led to 3 lives lost in the area, the CECM said frequent checkups is the only solution.

While admitting that the 3 succumbed to malaria, Dr.Gichuki termed the case as unfortunate stating that had the patients visited health facilities on noting the first symptoms they could have been saved.

“We urge residents for Solai and Nakuru as a whole to ensure they go for checkups in our health facilities whenever they spot symptoms” said Dr.Gichuki.

The CECM however added that the health docket in Nakuru was facing challenges when it comes to malaria as the National government has not been providing mosquito nets since the Malaria prevalence is low.

According to the Dr.Gichuki already sensitization campaign on Malaria has commenced in Solai to make members of the public understand more on Malaria and the symptoms.

“The other challenge we have is that since our prevalence is low the national government does not distribute mosquito nets in Nakuru. But so far we have put in place measures” said Dr.Gichuki.

Earlier this week, panic gripped residents of Arus village in Solai, Nakuru County, following the deaths of three people in a week due to malaria.

Residents said the deaths occurred within six to 12 hours.The symptoms of malaria include diarrhoea, high fever, chills, headaches, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and profuse sweating.

According to the World Health Organization, “The first symptoms – fever, headache, and chills – may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria.

If not treated within 24 hours, p. falciparum malaria can progress to severe illness, often leading to death.”

PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru County Health CECM Dr.Gichuki Kariuki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru County Health CECM Dr.Gichuki Kariuki.