HIV-related deaths rise

HARARE - HIV-related illnesses have been identified as one of the leading causes of deaths in Harare, the Harare City Council 2013 health report revealed.

In a report presented to the health committee by health services director Prosper Chonzi, HCC noted that the number of deaths recorded in 2013 had dropped to 9 748 from 10 242 in 2012.

The population of Harare was at 1 634 004 with the total live and crude birth rate having decreased to 57 665 in 2013 from 61 536 in 2012.

“The five leading causes and deaths of all ages in rank order were HIV-related, pneumonia, tuberculosis, congested cardiac failure and cerebral vascular accident respectively,” read part of the report.

The highest percentage of deaths still occurred in the 25 to 44-year age groups as with the previous years.

Chonzi’s report which was presented to the health committee also noted that suicidal deaths decreased from 96 in 2012 to 62 in 2013.

Common methods used in suicides according to the report were ingestion of organophosphates, hanging, gun shots and carbonate poisoning.

“Attendances for sexually transmitted disease at the Genito Urinary Centre increased by 17,1 percent from 4 902 in 2012 to 5 742 in 2013.

“These included both initial, repeat visits and Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid and Camera (VIAC) patients.”

According to the report, tuberculosis remained a public health concern despite a decrease in the number of notified cases to 5 169 from 5 441 in 2012.

While the number of children who attended under-fives clinic for weighing, advice and immunisation increased, maternity bookings decreased by 2,9 percent.

In the report, Chonzi also noted the environmental conditions which were dissatisfying to residents, among them, supply of water and sewerage services.

He also noted that residents complained about the standard of services delivered for refuse collection, rampant illegal vending of food and non-food items and mushrooming of squatter settlements.

Comments (2)

The death in Harare will continue to rise as long as City of Harare pumps raw sewerage into our homes.

maita - 23 December 2014

zvekare, tinofanira kuzvibata. kuma dance hall hakusi kuitwa tsika kwadzo ba. hausi mufaro kano munhu achizopedzisira abatira chirwere chaaigona kusabatira. those who can, pls, immorality isn't good for us. Mwari pavakati muizwi ravo "usaita hupombwe" vaiitira kuti tive nehupenyu hwaka kwana. refraining from immorality benefits me.

tula - 23 December 2014

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