Kenya chances malaria response in the wake of El-Nino rains
08 October 2015, 21:30
Nairobi - Kenya's health ministry and
partners said on Wednesday they have put in place contingency plans to
strengthen response to malaria epidemic that is anticipated during the onset of
Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia said El-Nino
rains expected in many parts of the country from October to late December are
likely to trigger a spike in communicable diseases like malaria, typhoid and
"We have prepared a contingency plan to strengthen
preparedness to malaria and other communicable diseases associated with
flooding during El-Nino rain season," said Macharia.
He spoke in Nairobi during the launch of a national malaria
strategy that spells out high impact interventions the government will focus on
to combat the killer disease effectively.
The Kenyan Meteorological Services (MET) announced in
September the country would experience El-Nino rains from October to January
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Deputy President William Ruto in late September said the
government has formed an inter-agency taskforce to coordinate response to this
Macharia said the health sector has set aside adequate
resources and personnel to help counties deal with disease outbreaks during the
El-Nino rain season.
"Some of the challenges anticipated during the El-Nino
rains include vector borne diseases, displacement of population and constraints
in supply of essential medicine. We are prepared to handle these
emergencies," Macharia said.
He added the government has enough stock of malaria drugs
that will be distributed in flood prone regions when the El-Nino rains begin
later in the week.
The Kenyan Ministry of Health has invested in surveillance,
diagnostic equipments and public awareness to enhance response to malaria
during the El-Nino rains.
Macharia said preventive measures like indoor spraying and
distribution of treated nets have been prioritized in malaria endemic regions
in the coast and western region. Enditem