Agence France-PresseOctober 9, 2013 10:48
South Africa has turned the tide on malaria, cutting mortality rates by 85 percent over the last 12 years, and hopes to soon eliminate the disease, a report stated Wednesday.
Last year, only 70 people died from the mosquito-borne disease, compared to 460 deaths recorded in the year 2000, said the report delivered at a Pan African Malaria conference in Durban.
The number of people who caught malaria has come down to about a 10th of the cases recorded that same year.
"South Africa is well on its way to being a malaria-free country," Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said.