The number of people who have succumbed to typhoid in Gweru has risen to seven with new cases of diarrhoea being reported in Ascot and Mtapa high density suburbs.
It is suspected that the number of people who have died from the disease could be more as some cases were not reported after Gweru City Council allegedly concealed the disease for close to a month before it was discovered by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Midlands Provincial Medical Director Dr Simon Nyadundu told The Chronicle that 129 people were treated of suspected typhoid on Heroes’ Day only while two others had died.
Dr Nyadundu said the ministry, together with the task force set to fight the disease, was investigating new diarrhoea cases reported in Ascot high density suburb. Said Dr Nyadundu:
Yesterday (Monday) only we treated 129 people. The number of people who have died so far is now seven. Two more people died yesterday (Monday). We have also reports of diarrhoea cases in Ascot high density suburb and we are just treating them as such. We are still carrying out investigations to establish the source of the disease.
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Formerly Gwelo, Gweru is the capital of the Midlands Province and Zimbabwe's third largest city. It is the main import and export centre as well the most accessible industrial center that oversees markets through South Africa to the South and Mozambique to the east. Read More About Gweru
Midlands Province is one of the ten provinces in Zimbabwe. It has an area of 49,166 square kilometres (18,983 sq mi) and a population of 1,614,941 according to the 2012 census.It is home to various peoples. The province also has a blend of Shona, Ndebele,... Read More About Midlands