By Baraka Muli.
On Friday, Oct 23, 2020 – Governor Charity Ngilu attended a consultative meeting on Malaria at Afya House, the COUNTY DIARY REPORTS.
Discussions in the meeting anchored on Malaria prevention and treatment in a bid to achieve a Malaria Free Kenya.
35 million Kenyans are at risk of infection because the disease widely affects people living in the lake regions and the coast.
In her remarks, Governor Ngilu said the country must commit to *work towards prevention of the disease and support local manufacturing to reduce the risk of malaria infections.
The Governor noted that a range of *preventive measures and manufacturing tailored to local needs will result in major progress against malaria in the country.
The Governor challenged President Kenyatta to lobby for sustained funding from the Global Fund and other stakeholders to significantly impact the fight against malaria in the country.
She said there was need to evaluate the local capacity of production to ensure the resources benefit the local economy and create job opportunities for youth and women.
Health PS Susan Mochache said the Ministry supports the Buy Kenya Initiative and will consider local manufacturers in the supply of the preventive products.
Local manufacturers stand to benefit from the large market and support from WHO and Government as legislators advocate for laws that will protect local manufacturers and tax waivers on malaria commodities.
The estimated cost of implementing Kenya Malaria Strategy 2019-2023 is Ksh. 61.92 billion for 5 years period with the highest share of resources needed going to malaria prevention strategies.
The meeting drew attendance of local manufacturers in Kenya with Kitui Chief Officer for Health Dr. Muthoka accompanying the Governor.
Kitui stands to benefit from the supply of mosquito nets among other products if considered for the business.
The Governor earlier met the Director General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth.