Over 240 people have been treated for diarrhoea in the past 48 hours in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo.
Authorities say a majority of the cases are children under the age of five years. Bulawayo Health Services Director, Dr. Edwin Sibanda, told ZTN news that the number of infections keeps going up but patients are showing relatively mild symptoms. This comes on the back of Bulawayo facing
serious water shortages.
In June this year 10 people died of diarrhoea in the city, leaving 2 000 others infected.
“We have not had any deaths and the majority of them are below 5 years and the diarrhoea has been reported to be watery with no blood.
One or two have presented with vomiting but none have been too serious to warrant admission except for about four who have been rehydrated using drips and transferred to Mpilo hospital.
It was over 240 cases as of Tuesday, but this is a moving target and the figures keep going up,” he said.