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Kenyan Health Ministry Issues Alert On Malaria

Original Article - Panafrican News Agency


DATELINE: May 3, 2000

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's health ministry has placed its staff on high alert in the malaria prone districts over an expected epidemic.

The ministry's head of malaria control, Sam Ochola, said Tuesday that measures had been instituted to contain the situation, among them increased medical supplies.

"We have been monitoring the situation and so far, the cases reported cannot be described as an epidemic. But, with the onset of the long rains, we expect the situation to get more serious," Ochola was quoted by the Daily Nation newspaper as saying.

He listed the nine critical malaria districts as Trans-Mara, Nyamira, Kisii and Gucha, in south-western Kenya, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia, in north Rift Valley, and Kericho and Bureti in central Rift Valley.

The ministry has already delivered some anti-malaria drugs to the districts.

Meanwhile, the ministry's report on malaria reveals shocking statistics on malaria-related deaths.

It indicates that the tropical disease killed more than 2,000 people in Kenya's Rift Valley province in 1998.

A total of 247,288 cases were reported in the province, with one district recording 1,030 deaths, an all time high.

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