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    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.


    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.


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Kenya considering harsh penalties on misuse of bed nets

Kenya is considering enforcing harsh penalties on people who will be found misusing bednets, Ministry of Health officials have announced.
Mr. Bernard Omondi, Public Health officer in-charge of Homa-bay Sub-county, said at the Homa-bay town of Nyanza region, that the government was getting impatient with people who turn the bednets to other uses not mean for them.
He said they were in the process of coming up with harsh penalties to deter people from the misuse.Omondi said malaria prevalence in Homa-bay stands at 27% and that government was not going to make things run as usual as people were suffering or dying because of malariain spite of the fact that government and development partners continue to invest in preventive measures against the disease. 
The public health officer noted that despite the enhanced public awareness programmes their department has been conducting in the malaria prone region, it was a pity that some people were still using the bed nets provided in their farms to cover crops and using them for other things not meant for the bednets like fishing.
"Having 27% prevalence rate of malaria is something that should worry everybody, not just those working in the health sector. This is why we have proposed stiffer penalties on those who will be found to be misusing the bednets. How do you take the bednet to the farm or the lake and when it is not meant for that?" Omondi, questioned.
He said the government was left with little option but to come up with severe penalties on those who will be found culpable. This, he noted, would include arrests and prosecution in the courts of law.
Omondi also announced that the next round of mass distribution of bednets will start in the next two weeks in Homa-bay area (from March 27th, 2017) and warned the public against the misuse. 
The officer lauded the media for creating public awareness on use of bednets in the fight against malaria and asked them to continue with their efforts, noting that the war needed concerted effort from various stakeholders.
Credit: Bernard Okebe, Kenya