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Malaria cases set to increase



The country is likely to have high levels of malaria transmission due to above normal rainfall experienced in the past few weeks.

And already the Ministry of Health has been receiving reports of confirmed malaria in some parts of the country.

According to a press statement from the Ministry this week, the reports were received from some areas in Kgatleng and Kweneng East districts.

“Everyone in the country is at risk of malaria infection, therefore people are advised to take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves against this deadly disease,” read the statement in part.

The public is encouraged to continue practicing malaria preventive measures such as using insect repellents, and wearing clothes that cover arms and legs especially during the evening as well as sleeping under treated mosquito nets where possible.

It is as well advised that the surroundings be kept clean by cutting grass around the houses, disposing of objects that are likely to collect water that can encourage the breeding of mosquitoes and filling holes and draining all stagnant water around the compounds.

Further pregnant women living in areas with malaria are advised to take malaria preventive pills throughout pregnancy until six weeks after delivery and travelers from non-malarious areas to malarious areas must visit their nearest health facility two weeks before travel for medical advice.

“Malaria is preventable and curable. Anyone who develops the following signs and symptoms, fever, severe headache, chills, sweating, abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting must visit the nearest health facility,” the report read.