Baseline Survey Targets Tsetse Flies and Trypanosomiasis in West Pokot

The Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council (KENTTEC), in collaboration with the County Government of West Pokot, has initiated a comprehensive baseline survey targeting tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis in six key wards: Suam, Kapchok, Kiwawa, Kasei, Masol, and Seker.

This strategic selection stems from the monitoring efforts and reports by the county veterinary unit led by Dr. Samuel Chelimo, the County Director of Veterinary Services, where notable Trypanosomiasis cases were identified in the region.

The team, led by Sylvia Muthama-Korir, includes personnel from both the County Government of West Pokot and KENTTEC and over the course of seven days, this concerted effort aims to assess the species diversity, population density, and prevalence of Trypanosomiasis in both cattle and camels and the invaluable insights garnered from this survey will play a pivotal role in formulating and implementing targeted control strategies to mitigate the impact of tsetse flies and Trypanosomiasis in West Pokot County and beyond.