When was the last time you slept under a mosquito net or sprayed your room before sleeping? Well, Malaria is still very prevalent in the country. The disease is still considered a public health problem. ”In Kenya, there are an estimated 3.5 million new clinical cases and 10,700 deaths each year, and those living in western Kenya have an especially high risk of malaria,” the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. According to World Health Organization Malaria is an acute febrile illness caused by Plasmodium parasites, which are spread to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
It is estimated that “More than 70% of the population is at constant risk from malaria, including those most vulnerable to the disease, specifically children and pregnant women,” 2020 Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey (2020). However, during the launch of the survey, data shared revealed burden of malaria had dropped from 8 percent in 2015 to 6 percent in 2020.
Children record the highest deaths from Malaria, as we sanitize and teach them hygiene. Let us not forget to ensure they sleep under a net.