November 28, 2021

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LIMPOPO HEALTH MEC URGES PEOPLE TO REMAIN ALERT AMID HIGH CASES OF MALARIA

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Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has called upon Limpopo citizens to remain alert as the province experience reappearance of malaria cases with 406 cases already been recorded and 2 unfortunate deaths.

Limpopo Health Department has placed 42 malaria teams to strategic places at some parts of Limpopo Province where the disease is at hot spot, to control and eliminate the disease. The Department also launched and dispatched malaria control team on door-to-door campaign to spread the awareness and also to test and treat the disease. Vhembe and Mopani District are the most affected districts when it comes to malaria cases with Sekhukhune District following suit to be a malaria hot spot.

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba says as they approach the rainy season, they continue to urge all malaria prone communities to stay vigilant and immediately report any malaria related case to the nearest clinic or Primary Health Centre and they have so far trained surveillance teams consisting of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHS) and spray operators who will be on the ground testing and treating malaria to increase the malaria programmer’s ability to reach most malaria infected individuals and significantly decrease the malaria parasite reservoir in Limpopo.

Furthermore, the Department has over the past 15 years made progress in reducing the evidence of malaria in the province with the financial year 2020/2021, 3461 malaria cases and 19 deaths being recorded and 2021/2022, 406 malaria cases, with 2 unfortunate deaths reported in the province. The District breakdown of Malaria cases and deaths are as follows: Vhembe District, 196 cases and 1 death case, Mopani District, 184 cases and 1 death case, Waterberg District, 10 cases no death, Capricorn District, 10 cases, no death, and Sekhukhune District, 6 cases, no death. Delaying to report the complicated symptoms to healthcare was reported as the main cause of these deaths.

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