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November 22, 2018

400 in Baringo wait all night for malaria outbreak response

One of the children who spent the night in the cold waiting for malaria treatment at Kongor in Tiaty sub-county, Baringo county, October 3, 2017. /JOSEPH KANGOGO
One of the children who spent the night in the cold waiting for malaria treatment at Kongor in Tiaty sub-county, Baringo county, October 3, 2017. /JOSEPH KANGOGO

Hundreds of malaria patients spent Tuesday night in the cold waiting for medical attention at Kongor in Tiaty sub-county, Baringo. 

More than 400 people - mostly women, children and the elderly - camped out at kongor and Akoret waiting for intervention by the county and national governments.

"The victims waited in vain all day and night," Tirioko ward MCA Sam Lourien told The Star on Wednesday.

Lourien said most of the critical and helpless patients expected to be transported to Chemolingot health Centre and Kabarnet County Referral Hospital.

"If we had the means we could have airlifted them for medication elsewhere as soon as possible," he said, adding the outbreak has worsened since the first case last Thursday.

He added the most vulnerable are women, children and the elderly.

"When I called health executive Andrew Kwonyike, he told me vehicles were grounded and that they didn't have fuel," said the MCA.

Kwonyike also reported the county does not have a budget for fueling vehicles from Kabarnet.

The ward representative criticised him for denying reports of deaths following the outbreak, saying failure to take responsibility is a sign of negligence.

Tirioko ward administrator Peter Kiptalam confirmed on Tuesday that at least 10 people had died and that 400 were seeking treatment in the sub-county.

Tiaty public health officer Geoffrey Nakopir declined to confirm the number of deaths reported but Red Cross admitted the seriousness of the outbreak.

East Pokot deputy commissioner Yusuf Huka assured everything is in control and dismissed fears of deaths.

Read: 10 dead, 400 admitted after malaria outbreak in Baringo, West Pokot

 

 

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