Choices Have Consequences. Government Confirms At Least 30 Deaths From Malaria Outbreak

Ministry of Health. PHOTO | STANDARD

According to the Ministry of Health of Kenya, about 733 cases have been reported in Marsabit, Lamu, Turkana, Baringo, lower West Pokot and Kakuma refugee camp, where 438 people tested positive for malaria.

A team of experts from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) was dispatched on Thursday to get and test blood samples of patients after it emerged that some of the patients treated in Marsabit had shown symptoms similar to those of cerebral malaria.

Director of Kemri Dr. Yeri Kombe said: "The team comprising some of our top scientists will travel to hard-hit areas over the weekend and by Monday we will be able to conclusively say what the problem is."

These cases come amid the prolonged strike by the country nurses that has seen medical services grind to a halt. Several stakeholders expressed their disappointment in the government for not solving the impasses in time as many children missed vaccinations for other deadly diseases.

Speaking during the signing of return to work agreement, by the Government and Clinical Officers, Turkana Governor, Josephat Nanok said that the strike by nurses is partly to blame for the current situation.

The strike has lasted for over 120 days as the country still deals with the annulled presidential election.

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