FORTY-TWO people succumbed to diarrhoea last week, bringing the total of diarrhoea-induced deaths to 409 since the beginning of the year.
According to the recent Health and Child Care ministry disease surveillance, 23 of the deaths were of children below the age of five years.
“The total diarrhoea cases reported this week are 12 438 cases and 42 deaths,” the report read.
“Of the reported cases, 8 245 and 23 deaths were from the under five years of age.”
Chiredzi district in Masvingo province recorded the highest number of deaths with 11, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (six), Chitungwiza Hospital and Gweru district recorded five deaths each while Harare Central Hospital had four deaths.
Sanyati and Bindura districts both recorded three deaths apiece, while Masvingo, Gokwe South, Shurugwi and Umguza districts recorded one death each.
The cumulative figure for diarrhoea cases since the beginning of the year now stands at 236 999 and 409 deaths. The ministry last week recorded 14 diarrhoea-
related deaths countrywide with children being the most affected.
The government recently launched a rota-virus vaccination programme to curb the spread of diarrhoea among children.
Meanwhile, the ministry said it had recorded four confirmed and two suspected typhoid cases in Harare, Nyanga and Chitungwiza.
The report also recorded 20 malaria deaths.
“A total of 14 087 malaria cases and 20 deaths were reported this week,” the report added.
“Of the cases reported, 2 345 and 11 deaths were under the age of five years.”
The cumulative figure for malaria was 425 444 cases and 515 deaths.