Twenty people died of diarrhoea countrywide last month, bringing to 85 the number of people killed by the ailment since January, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said.
So far 118 278 cases of diarrhoea have been reported countrywide.
According to the ministry’s diseases surveillance report update, Masvingo province is the hardest hit. The report says 11 229 cases were reported during the last week of March.
“Of the reported cases, 5 083 and six deaths were from the under five years of age,” reads part of the report.
The deaths were reported from Harare Central Hospital (3), Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (2), Mpilo Central Hospital (1), Masvingo province (5), Zvishavane district (3) and Gokwe South district (1), Goromonzi district in Mashonaland East province (1) and Chitungwiza Central Hospital (4).
The provinces that reported the highest numbers of diarrhoea cases are Manicaland with 1 699 and Masvingo with 694.
- The Herald