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Malaria claims seven children in Kakamega

26 May 2015, 21:40

Nairobi - Seven children under the age of 10 years have died at the Kakamega County Referral hospital due to malaria.

Medical Superintendent Dr. Austine Ajevi said the hospital has admitted over 100 children suffering from malaria and some have developed anemic due to lack of enough blood and the hospital is having shortage of blood.

"We have received the highest number of children suffering from malaria. Seven died on Sunday as some of them were undergoing treatment, others died on arrival at the hospital," said Dr. Ajevi.

He attributed the situation to the rainy season saying and blamed parents for failing to take their children for medication on time as they wait until the situation worsen for them to seek medical attention.

"We have received a report from the Health Director to recall all nurses on leave and we are working on it. As a country, we are very far from achieving the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended ratio for nurses to patients. WHO recommends 1 nurse to serve 6 patients but in Kenya the ratio is 1 nurse to serve 100 patients," he said.

He said the few nurses available are working overtime and under strenuous circumstances appealing to the county government to hire additional nurses.

He asked the public to be on the forefront in the fight against malaria by using mosquito nets for the right purpose.

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