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Malaria infections drop by 4 pc

02 May 2013, 14:41 Alloys Musyoka

Ministry of health in Malindi district has said that there is decline in cases of Malaria infections in the region.

According to the officer in charge of the malaria control department in the area Rechael Randu, 2010 research indicated that malaria infections had reduced by over 4% in the area.

Addressing the media in Malindi, Randu observed that the decrease is attributed to the mosquito nets that were provided to pregnant women and local residents.

"At least we are heading somewhere because some years back, we had many cases of malaria but now they are very few. This is because of cooperation between the medical department and local residents," she noted.

She also noted that patients especially children under 15 years and pregnant women who are being admitted at the general hospital suffering from Malaria have gone down.

Randu added that the government has done a lot to sensitize locals on how to avoid being affected by Malaria. She also congratulated non governmental organizations for providing mosquito nets to locals.

"Many non governmental organizations have contributed a lot by providing nets. It is an achievement that almost everyone has contributed to and if we continue the same way, malaria will be no more," she added.

She urged locals to continue using mosquito nets to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, and seek medical advise in case they get malaria symptoms.

Randu said that some locals refuse to use mosquito nets despite the fact that they are free.

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