POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA, The annual malaria spraying campaign in the South African Province of Limpopo is underway with more than a million houses to be sprayed over the next six months at a cost 100 million Rand (about 6.95 million US dollars).
Last year 16,000 people contracted malaria in Limpopo and about one per cent of them died.
The campaign started at Folvhodwe village in Vhembe, close to the border with Zimbabwe. A total of 42 teams have been deployed for the campaign along Limpopo's borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique, at the Burgersfort mines and along the Lephalale River.
Similar campaigns are also held in eastern Mpumalanga province and northern KwaZulu-Natal province which border Limpopo.
Leading the campaign when it was launched Tuesday was the Limpopo Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health, Phophi Ramathuba, who said: When people start feeling sick, they must not hesitate to go the clinics.
"The symptoms are the same as for flu. It is fever, headaches, body aches and vomiting. Don't self-treat, when you realize it is something else than flu. it may be too late.
During the last malaria season, Joseph Kwinda, his wife, Gloria Mulovhedzi, and both their children contracted malaria at the same time.
Gloria said Tuesday: My husband was sick first and eventually I convinced him to go to the hospital. They found that we all have malaria. It was very difficult because nobody could take care of anyone else. The house was also left unoccupied for more than a week.
Dr. Ramathuba also appealed to communities to co-operate and not refuse entry by the spraying team to their dwellings.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK