Three die of typhoid

HARARE - At least 18 typhoid cases have been recorded since the beginning of the year, with three deaths, according to the ministry of Health and Child Care.

Similarly, cases of diarrhoea have increased, with seven deaths in one week and 207 fatalities since the beginning of the year.

Harare has the highest figures.

Harare is plagued with lack of safe, reliable and clean drinking water with many suburbs running dry, making the capital a high risk area for waterborne diseases.

Dysentery cases have also risen from 25 fatalities in February to 35 in March, the report indicates.

In a 2013 report, Human Rights Watch placed millions of residents at risk of waterborne diseases due to the water and sanitation crisis in Harare.

Council however, maintains that the water woes in Harare are due to maintenance work at Morton Jaffray waterworks.

Morton Jaffray is currently pumping 400 megalitres of water against a maximum installed capacity of 614 megalitres, while Prince Edward is pumping 60 megalitres.

The report also shows that 23 people died of malaria in one week, with the highest number of malaria incidences in Manicaland (19 910) and Mashonaland Central (5 670).

Of the 34 312 malaria cases reported, 4 525 or 13,2 percent and 2 deaths were under the age of five years.

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