The Department of Health has embarked on awareness and educational campaigns that include radio campaigns, community events, door to door campaigns and distribution of pamphlets at shopping centres will take before and during the World Malaria day.
South Africa plans to eliminate malaria by achieving an incidence of zero cases of locally transmitted malaria by 2018. The Department of Health has been very successful in reducing the malaria incidence in South Africa and has met the malaria targets of the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs).
Malaria in South Africa is seasonal (transmission occurring between September and May and occurs in geographical areas of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. It is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected anopheles mosquitoes, which generally bite at night. Malaria is preventable, treatable and curable.
Early symptoms of malaria are:
· Muscular pains.
Members of the public are advised to seek medical attention if they experience the above symptoms.