By Brilliant Faith

A recent meeting at the Handidi Community Church in Kakamega County has highlighted the pressing need for parents and community members to work together to protect children from abuse and exploitation. The gathering, attended by local leaders, parents, and residents, aimed to address the growing concerns of child abuse and neglect in the area.

According to Gillian Wanzetse, a community leader, “Parents must be aware of their children’s well-being and take proactive steps to protect them from abuse. We need to educate our children on how to protect themselves and create a safe environment for them to grow.”

The meeting also emphasized the importance of preventing the spread of malaria in the community. Petronila Ouda, another community leader, urged residents to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings, use mosquito nets, and keep their homes clean to prevent mosquito breeding.

Rodgers Lutani, a community worker in Handidi, stressed the need for prompt treatment of malaria cases, urging residents to report any suspected cases within 48 hours or one week. “Prevention is key,” he said. “We must take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of malaria.”

The meeting also focused on the importance of regular check-ups and vaccinations for children under the age of 18 and pregnant mothers. Sutha Kathia, a community leader, emphasized that “prevention is better than cure. We must take proactive steps to protect our children’s health.”

The meeting was attended by local leaders, parents, and residents who acknowledged the need for collective responsibility in protecting children and preventing diseases. The initiative aims to raise awareness about child protection and disease prevention in the community.

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