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Malaria: Military doctors to assist

Military doctors will be sent to Kisii District to assist in the fight against the outbreak of highland malaria, the Minister for Health said yesterday.

Mr. Jackson Kalweo, who made a night visit to Kisii District Hospital, announced that the government was closing in on quacks who were cashing on the epidemic.

The minister said the quacks were complicating the malaria treatment by prescribing their own treatment, which led to most of the reported deaths.

Mr. Kalweo, who was speaking after an extensive tour of the hospital wards, said the military would erect tents to serve as wards in Kisii, Nyamira, Gucha and Trans Mara.

He emphasised that if the worst came to the worst, some schools would be closed and turned into temporary hospitals since there were enough drugs and only space was a problem.The minister, who was accompanied by Director of Medical Services Julius Meme and senior officials, said he would investigate what happened to an ambulance that had been designated for the Kisii hospital but was allegedly diverted to the prisons department in Kamiti.

Meanwhile, the minister called on district commissioners to make available government vehicles to be used in emergency cases in the current malaria outbreak in the districts affected.

Since malaria struck three-and-a-half months ago, more than 700 people have died. Another 10,000 cases have been treated in both private and public health facilities in Kisii.

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