The Botswana government on Wednesday announced that the country is experiencing a high level of malaria transmission following the recent heavy rains.In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there has been an increase in the number of cases of malaria in areas in the northern part of the country that are prone to the disease.
According to the statement, cases of the disease have also been reported in areas that do not usually have malaria. These include villages in the central and southern part of the country.
“Malaria is a serious disease transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause death if not treated quickly. Therefore, it is important to recognize malaria signs as early as possible. These include fever, severe headache, chills, sweating, abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting and confusion,” the Ministry stated.
The ministry said it would continue to monitor the situation and all public health facilities are on high alert to provide the necessary health service for the management of suspected malaria cases.