Republic of Botswana

Ministry of Health and Wellness

 

PUBLIC AWARENESS ON MALARIA


The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to alert the public about the ongoing situated in the central and southern Botswana. The ministry will also wishes to remind the public that malaria transmission started in October 2017 and will continue until the beginning of winter season (until end of May 2018).

This year sporadic outbreaks were reported from the following districts; Okavango, Ngami, Chobe, Boteti, Tutume, North east, Tonota, Bobirwa Palapye, Mahalapye, Serowe, Kgatleng, Kweneng, and Moshupa.

Everyone in Botswana is at risk of malaria infection, therefore, the public is advised to observe the following signs and symptoms;

 

  • Fever

  • Severe headache

  • Chills

  • Sweating

  • Abdominal pains

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Confusion

  • Loss of consciousness and convulsions

 

The public is advised to practice the following prevention measures;

  • Visit the nearest Health Facility as soon as you experience the above signs and symptoms.
  • Keep surroundings clean by cutting grass, draining all stagnant water and disposing of objects likely to collect water like; empty tins, old tyres and others.
  • Sleep under insecticide treated mosquito nets while in endemic areas, use insect repellents, and wear clothes that cover arms and legs especially during the evening.
  • Seek medical advice from the nearest health facility two weeks before travelling to Malaria endemic countries.

 

Malaria is preventable and curable, visit the nearest health facility as soon as you experience any of the above mentioned signs and symptoms.

 

For more information please contact the Ministry’s Public Relations Office at 363 2766 or 0800 600 740.