Enhancing Public Health Conditions in Kenya: Fight Against Malaria

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Introduction Kenya, one of the East African countries faces many public health concerns. It has a population of about 40 million people and 42 ethnic groups. It faces many socio-cultural issues that threaten public health. Other concerns include inadequacy of health care facilities in Northeastern Kenya, malnutrition and high levels of illiteracy. Likewise, other issues bedeviling public health include population growth, road accidents, infectious diseases (such as Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria) and poor maternal care amongst others. In light of these concerns, it is appropriate to chart ways of enhancing public health conditions in Kenya. Fight against HIV/ Aids According to University of California, Kenya has about 1.5 million people living with HIV and a record of 80,000 lives claimed by the disease (2011). It is the prime killer disease. Agendas of combating the disease include sensitization of Kenyans on the disease, use of condoms and the need to know one's HIV status. A program to provide anti-retroviral drugs to those infected is necessary. An effort to shun cultural practices such as wife inheritance is indispensable. Similarly, there is need to spearhead circumcision of all male Kenyans to reduce chances of contracting the disease by almost 60%. Fight against Malaria Malaria is killer number one in Africa (IRIN, 2012). In Kenya, it is the leading cause of indisposition and it kills almost 34,000 children less than 5 years annually (USAID, 2012). Even though

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