ABOUT 50 000 diarrhoea cases and 30 deaths have been reported throughout the country since the beginning of this year, according to the ministry of health and child care.
The ministry said up to the end of February 2016, 48 843 cases and 30 deaths has been recorded. According to government, 10 6004 diarrhoea cases and 8 deaths were reported last week and of the reported cases 4 864 and 4 deaths were of people under the age of five.
Deaths were reported from Mutare and Buhera districts both in Manicaland province, Masvingo district, Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo and Harare Central Hospital.
The provinces which reported the highest number of diarrhoea cases are Manicaland (1 660) and Mashonaland West (1 540).
According to government, clinical dysentery cases reported last week were 5 498 and six deaths. Of the reported cases, 279 were from the under five years of age with Masvingo having the highest (256) number of dysentery cases and Manicaland with 192.
On Friday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care director of Epideminology and disease control, Dr Portia Manangazira, told the media that 312 new suspected typhoid cases and 1 death were also reported that same week.
“The death was reported from Harare City which also had a total of 136 suspected cases of typhoid followed by Murehwa district (5), Goromonzi district (1) and Marondera district (1) all in Mashonaland East province,” she said.
“Chegutu district in Mashonaland West province (1), Gweru district in Midlands province (1) and Harare Central Hospital (5). The cumulative figure for typhoid is 23 confirmed cases and 1 death.”
According to her, three maternal deaths were also reported that same week. The deaths were reported from Marondera district, Mutare district and Chitungwiza Central Hospital.
- New Zimbabwe