WAR AGAINST MALARIA

[PHOTOS] Uhuru flags off Kenya Malaria Army in Kilifi

The President also witnessed a demonstration on the use of drones for mapping.

In Summary

• The President also witnessed a demonstration on the use of drones for mapping and outdoor spraying of malaria breeding sites.

• A single drone is capable of spraying anti-malarial larvicides on 150 acres daily, a task that would take 10 days when done manually.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday flagged off the Kenya Malaria Army and unveiled the Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme in Kilifi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kilifi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kilifi.
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Uhuru was accompanied by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Kilifi Governor Amoson Kingi among other leaders.

The President also witnessed a demonstration on the use of drones for mapping and outdoor spraying of malaria breeding sites.

A single Drone is capable of spraying anti-malarial larvicides on 150 acres daily, a task that would take 10 days when done manually.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kilifi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kilifi.
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The Kenya Malaria Army is an initiative by ALMA to end the vector-borne disease on the continent by the year 2030.

The President is the current Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).

A single Drone is capable of spraying anti-malarial larvicides on 150 acres daily.
A single Drone is capable of spraying anti-malarial larvicides on 150 acres daily.
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The President also unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi County.

The Head of State, was taken on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was taken on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was taken on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility.
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Uhuru also announced the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for the first locally manufactured malaria medicine.

The Head of State on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility.
The Head of State on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility.
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Uhuru began his three-day fully packed itinerary at the Coast by spending the day at the Manda-Magononi Naval Base in Lamu County.

Uhuru, who landed in Mombasa on Tuesday afternoon, left for Lamu County on Wednesday morning at around 9am.

Malaria is the leading killer in sub-saharan Africa.
Malaria is the leading killer in sub-saharan Africa.
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He attended the multi agencies’ Field Training Exercise (FTX) security drill operation, which has been ongoing in the past month.

Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi visited the soldiers on Sunday ahead of the President’s arrival to assess their levels of training and operational capability in the ongoing exercise.

The Head of State at the renowned health research facility
The Head of State at the renowned health research facility
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