Cholera patients stream in

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The cholera epidemic in Musina in Limpopo is becoming worse by the day - and continues to claim more lives.

The latest casualty is an unidentified man who died shortly after he was admitted to the Messina Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

His death brings to four the number of lives that have been lost because of cholera this week alone.

Nine people have died since the outbreak of the virus on November 15.

Phuti Seloba, spokesman for Limpopo's department of health and social development, said the number of patients coming to local hospitals for treatment of cholera is increasing on a daily basis.

"We are worried that while we are doing our best to contain the disease, we still have to deal with the loss of lives as a result of the epidemic," he said.

"Seeking treatment at the early stages of cholera will assist us to put the deadly disease under control.

"This will also help to prevent those who are still safe from being infected."

Records revealed yesterday show the department has dealt with 472 cholera cases since the outbreak.

Nineteen are new cases that include nine women, eight men and two children under the age of five.

The Messina Hospital is housing 62 cholera patients, the majority of whom are Zimbabweans.