AT LEAST 20 people succumbed to malaria around the country last week bringing the deaths to 243 since the beginning of the year, statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare have shown.
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According to its Epidemic-Prone Diseases, Deaths and Public Health Events report for the week ending May 19, 12 730 cases and 20 deaths due to malaria were recorded.
“Of the cases reported, 1 903 cases and five deaths were under the age of five years,” reads the report.
Buhera district had the highest number of deaths recorded with 12, Mudzi district recorded two deaths, Parirenyatwa recorded two deaths while Mt Darwin, Chimanimani district and Chipinge district recorded one death each,” reads part of the report.
The provinces which reported the highest number of malaria cases were Manicaland with 3 857 and Mashonaland Central 2 987.
The Ministry of Health also said that common diarrhoea cases were on the rise with the ministry recording 14 deaths in a week.
“The total diarrhoea cases reported this week are 11 322 cases and 14 deaths. Of the reported cases, 6 843 and five deaths were from the under five years of age,” the report said.
The deaths were reported from the three major referral hospitals, Parirenyatwa Hospital, Harare Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals which recorded three deaths each, while two people died in Gokwe South.
Chiredzi district, Makoni district and Mutare district recorded one death each.
The provinces which reported the highest number of diarrhoea cases were Manicaland with 1 793 and Mashonaland East (1 734).
The cumulative figure for diarrhoea infections rose to 194 095 and 160 deaths.
Eight new suspected typhoid cases were also recorded during the week under review although no deaths were recorded.
The cases were reported from Sanyati district with seven and Chegutu district with one.
The Ministry of Health has recorded a number of deaths due to malaria with the figure now standing at 243.