50 000 cases of diarrhoea reported in Zimbabwe

Harare - Approximately 50 000 cases of diarrhoea have been reported in Zimbabwe in 2016 alone, with 30 deaths resulting from the deadly epidemic, the country's ministry of health and child care has revealed.

According to New Zimbabwe, the health ministry disclosed that 48 843 cases of diarrhoea had been recorded since the beginning of 2016, with 10 604 of these having been reported last week, along with 8 deaths.

Director of Epideminology in the ministry, Dr Portia Manangazira, also said on Friday that 312 new cases of suspected typhoid were reported last week, with one death having been reported.

The revelation comes just one month after reports indicated that a deadly outbreak of typhoid fever had hit the country's capital, Harare.

According to a report by the International Business Times, six cases of the disease had been reported by the end of January, with many more being expected.

Typhoid, which is spread through poor water and sanitation, has plagued the southern African nation for years and has shown little sign of being stemmed.

The spread of the disease has also been reported to be exacerbated through the preparation and selling of food in undesirable and unsanitary conditions.

Close to half a million deaths occurred in Zimbabwe in 2012 due to diarrhoea, according to All Africa, a large number of which were children under the age of 5.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 400 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
82% - 4826 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
11% - 666 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
18.07
-0.6%
Rand - Pound
20.16
+0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.68
+0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.58
+0.1%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.1%
Gold
1,661.25
+0.0%
Silver
19.03
0.0%
Palladium
2,166.50
0.0%
Platinum
864.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
85.14
-2.4%
Top 40
57,390
+0.8%
All Share
63,726
+0.7%
Resource 10
60,230
+0.7%
Industrial 25
77,400
+0.8%
Financial 15
13,796
+0.7%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE