Nandi County Government through the Ministry of Health is set to conduct house registration across the region in a bid to distribute mosquito nets.
Speaking during a stake holders forum meeting, Nandi county preventive and promotive health officer Dr Sally Kemboi said the registration exercise will help in identifying the number of houses in the entire county so as to enable the county distribute the nets thus urged locals to ensure they get registered.
“We as a county want every house hold to register for the nets so that they can prevent malaria which is on the rise in Nandi,” she said.
The county is set to distribute over six thousand mosquito nets in the fight against malaria and will mobilize and educate the locals on the importance of using treated mosquito nets.
The officer indicated that the activity of distributing the nets is conducted after a period of three years because they remain active for that period.
She cautioned the locals against misusing the nets saying it should not be used in other purposes and whoever will be found using it in a wrong way will be held responsible.
“These nets are meant to protect people from malaria not meant to use it for fencing of gardens as seen in some households,” she affirmed.
The officer noted that malaria in Nandi is on the rise especially among children under the age of five and also among the adults appealing to locals to ensure they take necessary precautions to avoid the infection.
The 2020 data on malaria infections indicates that malaria cases among children under the age of five stands at 6,998 while that of adults stands at 32,533 respectively therefore people should sleep under treated mosquito nets to avoid contracting the disease.