Malaria disease prevalence reduced from eight per cent in 2015 to six per cent in 2020, a new report has said.
Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi attributed the progress to sustained interventions by the ministry and its partners.
“This two per cent drop in national malaria prevalence can be credited to the continued surveillance and epidemic preparedness efforts mounted by the team at the national malaria program, the county malaria teams and other partners working collaboratively with the ministry,” the 2020 Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey (KMIS) survey released by the Division of National Malaria Program said.
There report stated that an estimated 3.5 million malaria cases and 10,700 deaths are reported each year.
Western Kenya is more exposed. They include Siaya, Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Busia which recorded 19 per cent of the malaria cases. Low-risk areas recorded having only 1 per cent.
Among children aged 6 months to 14 years, the survey found a higher malaria prevalence among rural children (7 per cent) than urban children (3 per cent).
Six per cent of children aged six months to 14 years tested positive for malaria by microscopy.
”Malaria prevalence generally increases with age, from one per cent among children aged 6-8 months to 8 per cent among children aged 10-14 years”, the report said even as Kenya aims to end malaria in the next nine years.
The indicator survey also stated that factors such as an increase in wealth and age as contributors to the prevalence of the epidemic in the country.
“Malaria prevalence according to microscopy generally increases with age, from 3 per cent among children age 6-59 months to 8 per cent among those age 10-14. The prevalence of malaria according to microscopy generally decreases with increasing wealth, from 8 per cent in the second wealth quintile to 2 per cent in the highest quintile,” read the survey report.