Nairobi: Kenya’s celebrated power couple Wahu and Nameless, and content creator Maureen Waititu marked The World Malaria Day with Mothers and their newborns at Pumwani Maternity and Mama Lucy Hospital in Nairobi where they donated Mortein Doom goodies. The two hospitals benefited from the new initiative that seeks to enhance their knowledge on preventive measures of the killer diseases – Malaria.
The awareness drive, which was rolled out at Pumwani and Mama Lucy hospital in Nairobi by Mortein Doom intends to reach to the more than 2500 Mothers who visit the health facilities.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the World Malaria Report 2018, More than four million cases of malaria are reported annually in Kenya with a 5.1% mortality rate being reported among patients admitted with severe malaria. The situation becomes direr with children under age 5 and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to infection.
Speaking during the world Malaria day which is globally acknowledged on the 25th of April, RB’s Country Manager, Sachin Varma noted that RB through its brand, Mortein Doom, will remain a key stakeholder in insuring that the Malaria scourge is controlled through driving public educational initiatives that reinforce the message that Malaria is preventable and treatable.
“As we all work towards achieving the strategic development goals (SDG’s) in the country, RB is keen on ensuring that Malaria is controlled throughout the country and will continue to be steadfast at driving initiatives through our collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners to scale up campaigns geared towards reinforcing the message that Malaria is preventable. This day is very important because it reminds us that everyone is a stakeholder and has a role to play to ensure this disease does not affect us, especially young children” noted Mr. Sachin.
The world malaria day celebrations in Kenya were also held in Bondo Town, Siaya County. A report by the ministry of health states that regions around the lake region have the highest prevalence of malaria at 27 per cent. The key interventions to the control of the disease include provision of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment of all malaria cases.
“RB through Mortein Doom as we have continuously done will endeavor to enroll more of these initiatives to ensure that we provide knowledge on prevention of this killer disease as we also aim to support the ministry of health in reducing the many cases that are reported in the county to ensure a productive citizenry that is productive” added Mr Sachin
Kenya is making significant gains in the fight against malaria through interventions by the ministry of health in collaboration with various partners, the country has achieved a 47 percent reduction in malaria incidence between 2015 and 2018.
RB through their Health & Hygiene brands – Mortein Doom, Dettol, Jik, Harpic and Strepsils have been steadfast in the promotion of good health among Kenyans through initiatives that are geared towards the prevention of sickness.