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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Malaria returns to southern Botswana

Via Mmegi Online :

" The rainy season is here and once again government is urging people to take precautions against malaria.

While historically the disease has only affected the northern parts of the country, it has been found in the south. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Health, Tuduetso Kelapile told Mmegi that while the southern part of the country is historically a malaria free area it has recently been affected.

"We have had cases of malaria in Kweneng East, Kgatleng and Letlhakeng," she said, adding that the ministry carries out thorough investigations in the areas to establish the presence of malaria. Once the disease is found, intervention measures such as spraying and supplying people with mosquito nets will be implemented.

Kelapile said that nationally her ministry recorded 15 deaths from malaria over the last two years.

"We recorded seven deaths in 2009 and eight last year," she said. This year only, there have been 77 confirmed cases in Bobirwa, 57 in Tutume, 40 in Boteti, 37 in Palapye, 31 in Selebi-Phikwe, 30 in Kweneng East, 27 in Ngami and 23 in Kgatleng. Kelapile said that the government currently distributes mosquito nets to people who reside in malaria endemic areas such as Okavango, Chobe, Ngami, Nata Gweta areas, Boteti-West and some targeted areas in Bobirwa and Tutume."

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