President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning in Kilifi County flagged off the Kenya Malaria Army and unveiled the Kenya-Cuba Malaria Vector Control Programme.
In an update by State House, President Kenyatta also witnessed how drones are being used for mapping and outdoor spraying of malaria breeding sites.
"The President, who is the current Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), 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. The Kenya Malaria Army is an initiative by ALMA to end the vector-borne disease on the continent by the year 2030," part of the statement by State House read.
It's estimated that malaria kills 10,700 Kenyans each year and almost half a million African nationals.
While children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable, the malaria burden impacts various sectors including agriculture, education, commerce and other social-economic activities.
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