The malaria awareness campaign saw many people being tested for the parasitic disease. The campaign is part of the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) efforts to prevent and treat malaria.
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality health promoter Zama Cebekhulu said they targeted Swazi Inn, a busy market in Tembisa, because it was frequented by foreign nationals from countries such as Mozambique.
“There are a lot of Mozambiquan nationals who have businesses in this area. We want to make them aware that there is a travel clinic where they can get malaria prophylaxis before they go home for the December holidays.”
Cebekhulu added that the lack of knowledge about the existence of the travel clinic in Germiston was a contributing factor to people not seeking prophylaxis before travelling to high-risk areas.
“Travellers do not know that the clinic offers free services where they can get the prophylaxis. The drugs are also accessible through a prescription from a doctor. But they are quite expensive and most people who travel to malaria-risk areas do not have financial resources.”
The symptoms of malaria are fever, headache, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, sweating, shivering, and pains in the back and joints.
The Department of Health’s 2018 proposed draft on the distribution of malaria explains that Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal are malaria-risk areas.
– ANA-Health-e News