2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


MALARIA COSTING SOUTH AFRICANS MILLIONS

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE

The Country lost an estimated R6 611 250 in 1998 and R2 883 750 in 1999 in productivity due to cases of malaria. This is based on a conservative estimate of five (5) days sick leave at R50 per day!

Government is spending an average R68 million per year on its malaria control programme. Despite this, reported cases of malaria increased from 26 445 cases in 1998 to 51 535 in 1999. Up to April 2000 24 047 cases were already reported, indicating that there will be another rise in malaria cases during 2000. This is a 100% increase per year!

This information came to light following a question put to the Minster of Health. The Minister also indicated that during the last three malaria seasons DDT has been phased out.  DDT has however been re-introduced since certain mosquitoes have developed resistance to the synthetic parathyroid group of insecticides used. The UDM calls on the Minister to urgently look for an effective alternative to DDT.

Rural areas are most affected by incidents of Malaria cases and these people are most in need for a simple and available solution

Enquiries:
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Finance

Cape Town
06 June 2000