The Ministry of Health’s Department of Neglected Diseases is currently asking the World Health Organization to give Kenya a clear report on the prevalence of sleeping sickness.
According to Dr. Wyckliff Omondi of the MOH Department of Neglected Diseases, Kenya is currently only reporting a small number of cases of the illness.
Based on him, the illness was common in six counties—Busia, Narok, Migori, Homabay, Bungoma, and Siaya—but no new cases are currently being recorded.
According to Dr. Omondi, the primary vector for disease transmission, Tse Tse flies, have also been brought under control.
Speaking at a meeting in Kisumu to confirm the report that would be submitted to the WHO, he claims that the most recent incidence of sleeping sickness to be documented in Kenya occurred in 2009.
Nevertheless, the ministry will continue to conduct surveillance, according to Dr. Omondi, because some of the region’s neighbors, including Tanzania and Ethiopia, are still reporting cases of the illness.