South Africa is grappling with a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed the lives of 15 with another 37 admitted patients admitted in Gauteng,
The deadly disease, characterised by severe diarrhoea and dehydration, has been a growing concern for the authorities as they struggle to contain its spread and mitigate its impact on the affected communities.
According to a statement from the Gauteng health department, laboratory tests conducted on Sunday confirmed a minimum of 19 cases of cholera.
According to the deputy minister for human settlements, water and sanitation, David Mahlobo, dysfunctional waste-water treatment around the South African capital of Pretoria was what contributed to the deadly cholera outbreak.
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Among the victims is a three-year-old child.
Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, the provincial head for health, emphasised the importance of the public taking additional precautionary measures and prioritizing proper hand hygiene.
In response to the outbreak, the city of Tshwane has issued a warning to residents of Hammanskraal and neighbouring areas, advising them against consuming water directly from their taps.
The city has taken immediate action by supplying water tankers to ensure residents have access to safe drinking water.
The outbreak initially surfaced in the country’s rural regions several weeks ago, but it has since spread to more densely populated areas, including urban centres.
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South African health officials have been working tirelessly to combat the outbreak, implementing various measures to prevent further casualties and control the disease’s transmission.
Efforts are focused on improving water and sanitation facilities in affected areas, ensuring the availability of safe drinking water, and conducting thorough hygiene campaigns to educate the population on preventive measures.
The current outbreak serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for long-term investments in water and sanitation infrastructure across South Africa.
By addressing these systemic challenges, the country can enhance its preparedness to tackle future outbreaks and safeguard the health and well-being of its citizens.