Diarrhoea, dysentery claim 22

HARARE - More than 90 000 people countrywide have been infected with diarrhoea and dysentery since the beginning of the year, while at least 22 have succumbed to the diseases, government has said.

According to a ministry of Health and Child Care weekly report, 83 731 cases of diarrhoea were reported since the beginning of the year, while 8 349 cases of dysentery were recorded.

In the week ending February 23, 20 people succumbed to diarrhoea and two by dysentery.

“The provinces which reported the highest number of diarrhoea cases are, Mashonaland Central (2 002) and Manicaland (1 877)…the provinces which reported the highest number of dysentery cases are Mashonaland Central 252 and Manicaland 180,” read the report.

Last year the ministry revealed that at least 440 children under the age of five had died of diarrhoeal diseases.

This was a sharp increase from 265 diarrhoea deaths recorded in 2012.

The report also indicates that a total of 12 182 cases of malaria were recorded with 17 deaths being accounted for.

“Of the reported cases, 2 176 (16,9 percent) and three deaths were under the age of five years. The cumulative figure for malaria is 75 782 and 109 deaths,” the report says.

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Umuntu uqeda ukutshadisa abantu bakhe ngemali yelizwe abantu besifa so when are we going to have a leader in this country hayi amasenku

Nqwa - 12 March 2014

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