Limpopo cholera spreads

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The cholera crisis that has been focussed on the Musina and Madimbo areas appears to be spinning out of control as it spreads to other parts of Limpopo.

Yesterday 23 new cases were reported.

Lekhureng village in GaMatlala, outside Polokwane, and Botlokwa have recorded new cases of the fatal bacterial disease.

Provincial MEC for health and social development Seaparo Sekoati said concerted efforts to deal with the spread of cholera might remain ineffective if the sources are not dealt with.

The department, according to Sekoati, had dealt with 828 cases since November 15.

Sekoati said yesterday: "We are aware that there is a high risk of people contracting the cholera virus as a result of the movements of Zimbabweans who carry the disease. But we are doing our best to control it."

Sekoati said they were consolidating health promotion strategies in the province so that they were not restricted to the Vhembe district.

"We have instructed our community-care workers to move around and distribute pamphlets to educate our people about the cholera disease because we realise those carrying it are moving around the province, " he said.

He said they were also talking with the Department of Water Affairs to ensure that tests were conducted on major rivers and streams in the province to determine if they are contaminated with the disease or not .

"It is part of our programme to expand the measures to control the disease," Sekoati said.

Two weeks ago the provincial government declared Musina a disaster area.