Photo: Malaria patient receiving treatment in Dukana dispensary, Marsabit County

3rd Oct 2017

Marsabit —The number of deaths from Malaria outbreak has hit 23 in one week with over 500 are currently receiving treatment in Dukana and North Horr, Marsabit County.

Marsabit Governor, Mohamud Mohamed Ali, visited the affected in the North Horr sub-County to access the situation and he assured the residents support in the three wards, Illeret, Dukana and North Horr to provide relief to affected residents

Governor Ali  said that health officer have been deployed to handle the crisis with help of Kenya Medical Supplies Authority and the Kenya Red Cross Society are set to deliver medical supplies to health facilities in affected areas.

Kenya Red Cross regional coordinator Talaso Chucha said a report given by the County Steering Group showed that 20 people among them three children below the age of five had died.

“The county steering group has appealed for malaria drugs, rapid test kits and mosquito nets in the bid to counter the current situation. We are working hard to see to it that the situation is controlled,” said Ms Chucha.

Affected areas include Konye, Kubi Adhi, Diid Gole, Gorwole and Daka Baricha, all of them in the North Horr sub-County.

The vastness of the area is one of the main challenge in handling the situation where residents liveup 70 Kilometres away from health centres.