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Sleeping sickness remains a threat to Kenyans

16 May 2013, 12:31 Steve Wambugu

Livestock Permanent Secretary Jacob Ole Miaron has said more 11 million Kenyans in 38 counties are at risk of contracting sleeping sickness due to increased number of Tsetse-flies in the country.

The Livestock Stock PS noted that there are high numbers of tsetse-fly infection in some of the towns in rural areas thus the need to carry out preventive measures.

Speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council at Emsos village in Mogotio District, Ole Miaron pointed out that millions of livestock are also at risk of contracting Nagana.

He noted that human trypanosomiasis commonly known as sleeping sickness is endemic in the Lake Victoria basin and remains a threat to the rest of the country.

He said that the eradication of tsetse-fly and trypanosomiasis is in line with the millennium development goals thus the need to put together concerted efforts towards the same.

He observed that wildlife remains at risk of contracting trypanosomiasis, a move that could easily affect the tourism sector if not checked.

He said that Pan Africa Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) Kenya has registered significant achievements rating at 96% in targeted areas.

He said the impacts of this are evident in the re-introduction of oxen plough in reclaimed land, increase in livestock production and increased acreage under crop farming.

While appreciating those investments by the private sector, the PS said that the council will work to safeguard such achievements and scale up activities in all the Countries by advising the government on tsetse and trypanosomiasis eradication.

However, he noted that the council needs to put into consideration some challenges such as climate change which widens tsetse habitats.

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