Diarrhoea outbreak in Byo

Some suburbs have reported outbreaks of diarrhoea recently, with children being the most affected.

“Last week, I noticed that my two children were discharging watery solid waste and rushed them to our clinic where the nurses confirmed it was diarrhoea. They advised me to boil our drinking water and, fortunately, the kids have recovered,” said Brain Moyo, a Magwegwe resident.

Jeremiah Sigauke from Nketa said neighbours reported an increase in the number of people suffering from the water-borne disease last week. This coincides with a critical water shortage, following the Bulawayo City Council’s decision to disconnect residents fail to pay their bills.

“Most households have been without water for the past two weeks and when we do get water it is brownish,” said Sigauke.

The city spokesperson, Nesisa Mpofu, confirmed receiving reports of people complaining of diarrhea, but could not give figures of people who had been affected.

“We had a similar ‘outbreak’ last year during the same period .We suspect this could be an infection by rotavirus,” said Mpofu. The virus infects the intestinal tract of young children.

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