OUTCRY IN SOUTH AFRICA’S MPUMALANGA PROVINCE OVER DELAY IN MALARIA TEST KITS

PRETORIA, The South African Health Department says it is doing all it can to deliver malaria testing kits to the northern province of Mpumalanga where at least 14 people have died from malaria while hundreds have been infected.

Fumigating started late last week but delays in delivery of test-kits and staff shortages at Bushbuckridge where many of the cases have been detected have sparked a widespread outcry.

Provincial health department spokesperson Dumisani Malamule has confirmed a shortage of doctors at Tintswalo Hospital, and says they are assessing the situation in all state hospitals. He adds that the shortage of test kits will be resolved by Friday.

Meanwhile in North West Province, the Health Department says the province is not under a threat of Malaria. Department spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane says the malaria-carrying mosquito would not survive in low temperatures.

"We can confirm that North West Province has no malaria threat because the mosquito that transmits malaria is found far north into the Limpopo area where the temperatures are still high."

"In our province the temperatures right now are very low."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK