Over 30 people die of Malaria in Baringo and Marsabit counties as government  up efforts to curb its spread

Over 30 people die of Malaria in Baringo and Marsabit counties as government up efforts to curb its spread

BY CORRESPONDENT,5TH OCT 2017-Over 30 people have been confirmed dead  as 164 cases of Malaria hit Baringo and Marsabit counties.Four more people died at Chemolingot Sub County Hospital on Thursday.

This comes after 9 people died on Wednesday, October 4, after being admitted to hospital.

Tiaty Sub County health coordinator, Joseph Nakopir, said the number of deaths is increasing by the day.

 “Nine people have died on Tuesday after failing to access any medical facility on time following the outbreak of malaria in this region and now I can confirm that four more people have died,” Nakopir said.

He said the outbreak follows pulling out of non-governmental organizations from the area due to insecurity occasioned by frequent bandit attacks and invasions by armed herders, a situation that has forced the government to deploy Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers to the region in a bid to restore order.

He noted that medical staff at Chemolingot County hospital have been overwhelmed in the last one week after attending to more than 80 malaria patients.

The deaths come amid the prolonged nurses’ strike which has not lasted more than 100 days as the health workers agitate for better terms.

However, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has ruled out further negotiations with the nurses, saying the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has already harmonized salaries of all civil servants.

 CS Mailu told the nurses to appeal the SRC job grading system as opposed to what he termed as ‘subjecting Kenyans to unfair treatment’. Addressing the press in Nairobi Thursday Mailu said it was only SRC that could resolve their stalemate since the mandate of setting salaries for different cadres of workers lies with it.

 

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