Sixty-six new cases of diarrhoea were reported in Botleng Township, in Delmas, Mpumalanga, yesterday, bringing the tally to 763 since the outbreak of the disease in the area about a month ago.
Executive mayor Jack Rapatsa said the latest figures for the diarrhoea outbreak were collated from several medical facilities in the area.
"These statistics include cases that were treated and sent home from FC Dumat Clinic, Botleng Clinic, Botleng Ext 3 Clinic, Medi-Cross, pharmacies and the Delmas Bernice Hospital," Rapatsa said.
Rapatsa further said a promise made by Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla to the community of Delmas in 2005 that Rand Water would install a multimillion-rand water pipe in the area was still on track.
"The Delmas Municipality is still committed to the plan which will cost about R54million. This will be a long-term solution to the diarrhoea problem in our area.
"Already, Rand Water has made its presentation to management. All that is left for us is to decide on the options that are before us," he said.
Rapatsa said a short-term and immediate solution was the commissioning of the R34million purification plant currently under way on the outskirts of the township.
"Contrary to what is reported in the media, there is no need for alarm, as the diarrhoea situation is under control. As we speak, various stakeholders are meeting to come up with workable solutions to this problem," said Rapatsa.
Local youth leaders, among them Walter Marokane and Bongani Nyakale, said the only known casualty of the latest outbreak was a 14-month-old baby Nqobile Zulu of Botleng Ext 3 in Zone 5.
Her grandmother, Agatha Sekele, 49, said Nqobile suddenly took ill on October 26 and was taken to a private doctor by her mother Nomvula Sekele, 29.
"She became worse on October 31. Nomvula took her to the hospital where she was treated and sent home, where she succumbed to the disease the same day," said Sekele.
A death certificate issued by the Department of Home Affairs on November 1 states Nqobile died from gastroenteritis.