Limpopo health department spokesman Neil Shikwambana confirmed that a female healthcare worker was attacked by a vicious dog and sustained minor injuries.
"It is reported that the owner was in the house when healthcare workers found the gate open and went to the door. While two workers were about to knock at the door a dog came from nowhere and attacked them," he said.
Shikwambana said one managed to escape the attack but unfortunately the other one was attacked.
"The owner later came out to restrain the dog. We couldn't open criminal charges against the owner because we were advised by police that the incident happened in his home," he said.
Phaahla was accompanied by Mopani district mayor Pule Shayi and mayor of the Greater Tzaneen local municipality Maripe Mangena, who also joined door-to-door screening in several homes.
Shikwambana said healthcare workers only ask questions about headaches and flu symptoms, hence it is important to tell them the truth.