14 Feb 2018 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) The Ministry of Health and Social Services has urged people living in northern Namibia or those travelling to the area to take the necessary malaria prevention precautions.
In an interview with Nampa Wednesday, the ministrys director of special programmes, Anne-Marie Nitschke said there has been an increase in the number of malaria cases reported in the Ohangwena, Kavango West, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions.
However, while there has been an increase in malaria cases, there was a decrease in malaria deaths in January this year compared to January 2017, she said.
Six deaths due to malaria were recorded in January 2018 compared to 15 deaths recorded in the same month last year.
Nitschke said malaria has been on the increase across the southern Africa sub-region in recent years and Namibia has observed similar increases in 2015 and 2018 in some regions.
She said the ministry conducted a spraying campaign in malaria-affected regions from September until mid-December 2017.
For personal protection, communities are advised to use repellents, clear standing water around households to prevent mosquito breeding and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves against mosquito bites, she said.
Malaria symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, sweating, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.
Nitschke said people who experience such signs and symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
The ministry has secured enough anti-malaria medicines and all facilities are well stocked to be able to test and treat all patients diagnosed with malaria, she said.