Prime Journal of
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Practices among household heads
towards malaria control in Mosocho Divison of Kisii County,
N. Orora, 2Dr. Wycliffe A. Oboka, 3Prof. Kennedy Onkware,
and 4Joyce Wanyonyi
of Emergency Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Masinde Muliro University
of Science and Technology, Kakamega Kenya
of Disaster Management and Community Development, The Cooperative University
College of Kenya, Karen Nairobi Kenya.
of Health Sciences, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Univeristy of Science and
Technology, Bondo Kenya.
CN, Oboka WA, Onkware K,
Practices among household heads towards malaria control in
Mosocho Divison of Kisii County, Kenya.
Prim. J. Soc. Sci. 6(1): 1450-1457.
one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the
world. Its burden is greater felt in sub-Saharan Africa, with
15% of all disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to the
disease. Malaria affects more than 70% of its population. The
disease also remains a cause of much suffering due to social and
economic problems. The understanding of malaria transmission,
recognition of signs and symptoms, perception of cause,
treatment seeking patterns and preventive measures are important
in malaria control. Malaria is the most prevalent disease in
Mosocho division rated at 14.4%.The study evaluated practices
towards malaria control among household heads. A cross sectional
study design was employed it involved a sample size of 384
household heads. Multi-stage sampling was used to select
participants for the study. Pre-tested structured questionnaire
was used to gather information from household heads. Interview
guides were used to collect data from key informants. The focus
group discussions that were used involved household heads that
were randomly selected. Statistical Package for Social
Scientists (SPSS) was used for data analysis. Chi-square test
was used to determine differences in the responses given. The
findings revealed that Practices towards malaria control were
high with two hundred and forty five respondents (63.8%)
exhibiting above average practices towards malaria control. One
hundred and eleven respondents (28.9%) mentioned that some of
their household members failed to use mosquito nets every night.
The study recommends that community health promotion
interventions through behavior change Communication should be
sustained. Locally tailored messages should be used to highlight
the threat posed by malaria, non-adherence of malaria
prescription and the importance of every one participating in
malaria control interventions. Mosquito net hanging
demonstrations should be regularly carried out to enhance
net-hanging skills. Community members should be assured that
mosquito nets are safe and effective and must be used in all
seasons all around the year.
Key Words: Malaria, Practices, Mosquito.
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