“I will make sure that all households under my jurisdiction, starting from my royal house, will be sprayed to fight against malaria.” These were the words of the traditional leader of Folovhodwe village, Musanda Vho-Nndwakhulu Nefolovhodwe. He was addressing a team from the Department of Health, school children, invited guests and community members during the malaria indoor residual spray launch at Folovhodwe village, outside Musina.

When conducting the launch during her keynote address, the MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba said government is doing everything possible to fight against the outbreak of malaria. She said malaria is preventable and it is everyone’s role to fight the disease.

Ramathuba urged community members to allow the spraying teams to work freely in their houses. “Government has made manpower and resources available to fight opportunistic diseases like malaria. We have also recorded improvements in our clinics and hospitals where these diseas can be treated successfully.”

Photographed during the malaria indoor residual spray launch are from left to right: The MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, Musanda Vho-Nndwakhulu Nefolovhodwe and Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope.

She encouraged people to live in clean environment to prevent the breeding of mosquitos. “Mosquitos breed in large numbers where there is dirt and stagnant water. We can play our roles to make sure that our areas are clean at all times.”

She reminded community members about the symptoms of malaria. “The following symptoms occur a few weeks after being bitten by mosquitos that spread malaria. These include high fever, sweating, severe headache, drowsiness, muscle pains and general weakness. If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately rush to your nearest health centre for medical attention.”

Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said her municipality is concerned that cases of malaria have been reported in some areas under Musina Municipality in the previous years. “We are happy that government is making all strides to make sure that our area becomes a malaria-free zone.”

Colbert Masase is one of the Folovhodwe residents whose house was sprayed by the team from the Department of Health. “We hope this will minimize the cases of malaria in our area because mosquitos are found in large numbers here.” Said Masase.