Concern over surge in malaria cases in Limpopo

Concern over surge in malaria cases in Limpopo

Limpopo MEC for Health Phophi Ramathuba has urged residents of the province to remain alert amid a surge in malaria cases.


The province has recorded 406 malaria cases and two deaths. 


"Even though is still lower than last financial year, it still remains a cause for concern because it’s a clear indication that we have not yet achieved our ambition of zero malaria infection," said the provincial health department in a statement. 


"The department has dispatched the malaria control team on a door-to-door campaign to test and treat as well as distributing flyers on malaria to step up the fight against malaria. 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.”


In the Vhembe District, a total of 195 cases and 1 death have been recorded, followed by 184 cases in the Mopani district and 1 death, 10 cases in the Waterberg district, 10 cases in the Capricorn district, and 6 cases in the Sekhukhune district. 


"These deaths are because of a delay in patients seeking healthcare, presenting with complicated symptoms," the department added. 


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