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We are losing war on cholera - govt

By unknown | Feb 19, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Limpopo is losing the war on cholera.

The number of new cholera cases are still rising despite efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

This was an observation by the provincial department of health and social development yesterday.

Spokesperson Phuti Seloba said there were 30 new cases recorded yesterday, which brings to 4 538 the total number of cases that had been seen since the outbreak of the disease in November last year.

The death toll still stands at 23. But Seloba yesterday could not rule out the possibility that a higher figure of deaths could emerge after the release of test results conducted on water drawn from some of the sources in the province.

"We only wish to be given enough budget to fight the disease in the next financial year," said Seloba.

He said they would continue to spread the message of safety in terms of the handling of the disease to avoid a situation where more people contracted the deadly disease.

The latest statistics indicate that Vhembe district had registered only two new cases.

Capricorn is still leading with 21 new cases, followed by Mopani with four and Waterberg with three new cases.

Sekhukhune, which used to take the lead in terms of the emergence of new cases of cholera, yesterday did not have a single case.

Seloba attributed the rise in cholera cases to failure by members of the public to observe basic hygiene to wash their hands, boil water before use and avoid drinking contaminated water from streams.


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