Six killed in Baringo Malaria outbreak

Six killed in Baringo Malaria outbreak
Six die in Baringo in suspected malaria outbreak. Desperate villagers resort to healing rituals

At least six children have died from an outbreak of Malaria in Tiaty Sub-county as the nurses strike continues, forcing desperate villagers to resort to age-old ritual to ward-off disease.

The onset of the rainy season brought relief from the dry spell, but also brought disease to Tirioko Ward residents. In the last few days, a disease showing symptoms similar to those of Malaria has plagued the residents, with the situation worsening with the strike that has paralyzed public health sector for more than three months now.

According to the area MCA, Lokales Sam Lourien, more than 2000 residents have shown symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, having weak joints and high body temperatures.

The nearest public health facility, Rotu, has been closed as health workers remain on strike while the next health facility is located 100km away in Chemolingot.

“The number of deaths could be more than the reported cases as this is a vast area with no health facilities and infrastructure. The only hospital remain closed and drugs are inadequate,” said the MCA.

The county ambulance is also unable to reach those in dire need of medical attention because the road to the hospital in Chemolingot, past Kapedo, has since been blocked by members of the neighbouring community as a result of a territorial dispute.

The residents of Kapau village have now resorted to performing a ritual, Kikatat, which is a prayer to ward-off disease or at least to keep Malaria at bay until help can reach them.

Written by Fridah Wangeci

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