An NGO yesterday said mosquito nets are being misused in Kisii and Nyamira counties. The organisation said this is hampering the campaign against malaria in the areas. "The misuse of mosquito nets is greatly affecting the malaria campaigns in the regions. People must understand that they are issued with the nets to protect themselves from the disease not as chicken cages or garden fences," said Douglas Mobasi, Perlin Project manager.
Mobasi said the a rapid assessment survey carried out by the organization in March this year, revealed that some locals avoid using the nets claiming allergy. "Over 80 percent of locals had nets but a section of them never used the gadgets because lacked beds to hang them. Others hid them under the pretext they were uncomfortable thus hindering the fight against the ailment," he said.
Mobasi said the predominance rate of malaria in the region declined with 86 percent of children below five years and 73 percent of pregnant women sleeping under the nets in that order. Addressing a one day stakeholder's workshop at Dado Hotel in Kisii, the manager challenged the locals having the nets to use them for the prevention of malaria.