Though malaria is more prevalent in Mopani and Vhembe during the rainy season, it has recently been traced in other districts and the department is determined to cover as many areas as possible

According to the department’s spokesperson Neil Shikwambana, there will be an increase in the number of households sprayed between August and February.

Million households

“We are targeting a million households. Vhembe and Mopani remain our focus, but our efforts will spread to other districts because we have seen cases in areas which were not traditional malaria areas,” said Shikwambana.

“We have put together 42 malaria spraying teams and we will also employ over 300 seasonal sprayers,” he said.

Limpopo’s MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba recently held a meeting with the delegation from the national department to discuss the increase of malaria in the province.

During the meeting the MEC called for more resources from both the national department and the private sector.

“We are receiving massive support from the national department of health, but I am unable to disclose how much we are going to spend for now,” said Shikwambana.