Salvation Army steps in

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Cholera sufferers in Musina, Limpopo, will receive much-needed food supplies through monthly feeding schemes from the Salvation Army,

The charity organisation has committed itself to helping needy people in Musina to try and alleviate their plight.

The Salvation Army will also provide other essentials in short supply such as blankets, nappies, baby milk and bathing supplies.

The Salvation Army's provincial divisional commander, Major Johannes Raselalome, said yesterday that Musina was the worst affected town by cholera in the country.

"We've realised that 3000 men, women and children urgently need assistance," Raselalome said.

"Women and their babies are sleeping in the open, in the rain, with no shelter to protect and cover them."

He said the influx of cholera sufferers from neighbouring Zimbabwe had put a strain on available resources in Musina, hence they had decided also to assist.

"We hope our action will alleviate the situation as Musina is in vital need of assistance," Raselalome said.

He said six leaders would be appointed to manage the feeding scheme and also assign people at the local showground to assist with preparing food.

He said contributions to help cholera sufferers in Musina could be made through Captain Garth Niemand on 011-718-6700.

Meanwhile, the Limpopo department of health and social development said yesterday it had recorded at least 64 new cholera cases, bringing to 4092 the total number of cases that had been reported since the outbreak of the disease on November 15 last year.