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WHO vows to aid Kenya in ending malaria by 2020

21 November 2014, 11:42

Nairobi - The World Health Organization (WHO) vowed on Thursday to step up efforts to assist Kenya in eliminating malaria by 2020.

WHO Country Representative Custodia Mandlhate said Kenya is one of the African countries that are committed to dealing with the disease that had killed millions across the continent.

Mandlhate promised the UN agency's support in helping the country eliminate the disease by 2020, adding that intervention and mitigations measures needed to be put in place.

"We are committed to eliminating malaria by 2020 in Kenya and the early warning system is one way of collecting information and preventing outbreaks," she said during the launch of the Kenya Malaria Early Warning System in Naivasha.

Her remarks come as it emerged that malaria prevalence in the country had dropped from 38 to 10 percent due to concerted efforts.

However the prevalence in some regions mainly in Lake Victoria Basin remain high at 38 percent, raising fear that this could derail efforts to eliminate the disease in the set period.

Also read: Tanzania aims to halve malaria deaths by 2015

The officer in charge of the National Malaria Control Pogramme James Sang said that since 2000 malaria prevalence had dropped from 38 to 10 percent.

Sang added that in the same period mortality due to malaria had dropped from 20 percent to less than one percent as the disease burden reduced further.

"Before, the Coast region had the highest prevalence of around 60 percent, but this has reduced to around 5 percent and we are now concentrating on the Lake Victoria basin," he said.

Sang noted with that malaria prevalence was still high in Lake Victoria basin where it stood at around 38 percent, adding that there was need to put more efforts in fighting it.

- Xinhua


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