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Kisumu’s high infant mortality attributed to Malaria

13 November 2013, 13:46 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Malaria has been found to be the major cause of infant mortality in Kisumu County, the Kisumu County Health Promotion Officer (HPO), Jeremiah Ongwara, has said.

Ongwara said that Nyanza region recorded alarming child mortality rates with Siaya, Homabay and Kisumu taking the lead.

He disclosed that the three Counties recorded 167, 130 and 105 infant deaths per 1,000 births per year respectively, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) 2011 survey reports.

The County Health Promotion Officer noted that only 29% of the households owned one treated mosquito net, adding that the situation was worrying especially during this time that the Country seeks to eradicate malaria.

“We have realised that many households do not treat mosquito nets after the recommended period of 6 months. This is particularly dangerous for babies below 5 years as malaria is known to claim lives of numerous children,” he said.

He urged expectant mothers to acquire treated mosquito nets during their visits to health facilities in order reduce the cases of infant mortality in the region.

The health official at the same time reminded mothers to treat their mosquito nets regularly and seek medical attention whenever they see signs of malaria.

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