by The East African Standard
Nairobi, Kenya- The Government might reconsider lifting the ban
of DDT in the control of malaria.
The Director of Medical Services, Dr James Nyikal, said yesterday
DDT could be "the only solution to the rising cases of malaria".
Three months ago, the Chief Public Health Officer, Mr Alfred
banned the drug, saying it was harmful to the environment.
But yesterday, Dr Nyikal said the advantages of the drug outweighed
The Government needed to borrow from the past success in efforts
control malaria by using viable methods, he added.
Three years ago, South Africa reintroduced DDT in its malaria
reducing infection rates by 75 per cent in over two years. Uganda's
Ministry of Health is also considering reintroducing DDT.
Nyikal said malaria remains a serious public health problem in
accounting for between 30 and 50 per cent of the out-patient
"This translates into some 8 million out-patient treatments
health facilities and 20 per cent of all admissions every year,"
The DMS was speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the launching
World Health Report 2003, presented by the World Health Organisation.
The report was launched simultaneously across the world. Malaria
an estimated 1 million child deaths per year, of which 90 per
children under 5 years of age, which is almost 11 per cent off
deaths in that age group.
The report says about 90 per cent of all HIV/Aids and malaria
children in developing countries occur in Sub-Saharan Africa,
per cent of the world's births and 42 per cent of child deaths
However, the report says, some progress has been made in the
diarrhoea and measles.
"Mortality from diarrhoeal diseases has fallen from 2.5
in 1990 to about 1.6 million deaths in 2002," the report
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