Malaria risk increases in Mpumalanga

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Source: SABC News – Malaria risk increases in Mpumalanga:Thursday 7 September 2017

Residents of Ehlanzeni/Lowveld Region in Mpumalanga have been advised to be vigilant of Malaria. This after an increase of malaria cases reported to the Department of Health last month.

Cases of malaria have increased in the Lowveld part of the Mpumalanga province in the last two weeks. Bushbuckridge and Nkomazi are the mostly affected areas.

Non-profiting Organisation, Humana People to People says through their program aimed at fighting against malaria they have tested more than 6 thousand people in Nkomazi area alone.

Humana’s Project Manager, Kindom Chipupururu says migrations are the main contributory factor to the increase of malaria cases in Nkomazi.

“Cases that we suspect or we have evidence that this person was infected around Nkomazi were only 13 over that 6000 people that we have tested. Most of the cases are from forced migrants especially from Mozambique coming to South Africa for employment.”

However, in Bushbuckridge the malaria is spread by the mosquitos from that area. The Department of Health has now deployed a team to spray and teach people about the malaria in the affected areas.

Health’s Acting Director for Communicable Disease Control Program, Mandla Zwane says only one death has been reported so far.

“This year we had rain in May and April so the parasite itself if there is rain humidity it is able to breed and bite people. So last year
we had hundreds in 108 cases compared to this year 204.”

Zwane says all the provincial health facilities are ready to assist the patients who might be infected by the malaria.