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Over 200 Cholera infections recorded

The Gauteng Department of Health & Wellness has provided an update on the recent cholera cases plaguing the Hammanskraal area.

As of 18:00 on May 25, the number of patients seeking medical assistance at the Jubilee District Hospital has risen to a concerning 203.

Shockingly, this figure includes 22 individuals who have been transferred to other healthcare facilities in Tshwane.

Disturbingly, the number of laboratory-confirmed cholera cases recorded at Jubilee Hospital has reached 44.

Tragically, the disease outbreak has already claimed the lives of 21 people. The situation is dire, with 74 patients currently admitted to hospitals due to severe gastrointestinal infections.

Amidst this grave situation, the Gauteng Department of Health is urgently appealing to the public to prioritize hand hygiene as a crucial preventive measure.

They emphasize the significance of thorough handwashing with soap and water or the use of alcohol-based sanitizers before handling food and after using the toilet.

In a statement, the department stressed the importance of seeking immediate medical attention at the nearest health facility if symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, or signs of dehydration manifest. Early medical intervention is vital for effective treatment.

“We advise the public to report to their nearest health facilities when they present with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and dehydration symptoms, so they can receive medical treatment,” said the department of health in a statement.

Furthermore, the department strongly reiterates its appeal for the public to exercise caution and abstain from consuming any known or suspected contaminated food and water sources. These measures are crucial in curbing the spread of the highly infectious disease.

The Gauteng Department of Health is working tirelessly to manage the situation and prevent further casualties. Authorities are collaborating with healthcare facilities, including the Jubilee District Hospital, to provide necessary medical support and tackle the outbreak efficiently.

As the number of cholera cases continues to rise, it is imperative for individuals in the Hammanskraal area to remain vigilant and comply with the recommended health guidelines. By adhering to proper hand hygiene practices and avoiding consumption of potentially contaminated food and water, the community can collectively contribute to overcoming this perilous situation.

The department assures the public that they are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the community, and they will continue to provide updates on the situation as it unfolds.

Stephen Seakgwe

Stephen Seakgwe is the editor of Mapepeza. He is a working journalist covering general and investigative stories for the newspaper and online platforms. Stephen is an experienced and driven Media Specialist with over eight years of experience creating compelling content across multiple media platforms for a range of brands.

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