19 December 2012

South Africa: Malaria Cases Decline in Limpopo

Pretoria — The Department of Health and Social Development in Limpopo says it is winning the fight against malaria in the province.

Officials say over the past three months, malaria has shown a sharp decrease in Limpopo compared to previous years.

Since 1 October 2012, 253 malaria cases were detected in Limpopo. This is down from the 504 cases reported in 2011 and 1 744 cases reported over the same period in 2010.

Limpopo is epidemic prone to malaria and seasonal increases in malaria do occur. North eastern parts of Vhembe and the eastern part of Mopani are specifically prone to malaria.

Malaria is a seasonal disease, with most cases reported during the summer rainy season. More cases are also reported during December due to the movement of people between malaria areas outside the province and areas under control within the province.

The department said all primary healthcare clinics were fully equipped to deal with malaria patients at community level, with hospitals prepared to deal with more severe malaria cases.

The department's malaria spray teams are also actively busy conducting spraying in all the affected areas, with more than 300 000 houses sprayed over the past three months.

Teams were also busy visiting the affected communities to raise the levels of awareness to malaria in these communities.

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