Limpopo records its first cholera case

Limpopo records its first cholera case. The provincial health department announced on Tuesday that the first cholera case had been reported in Limpopo.

According to the agency, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed the case.

“The case was confirmed at Musina Hospital. A 26-year-old Zimbabwean national presented at Musina Hospital on May 26 2023 with extreme diarrhoea, vomiting, and dehydration,” the department said.

“He was admitted, isolated and treated while specimens were sent to the NICD for testing. The patient has improved and is due to be discharged,” said health MEC spokesperson Thilivhali Muavha.

According to sources, the Beitbridge district in neighboring Zimbabwe is one among the areas that have recorded outbreaks, thus Muavha said the positive case was not unexpected.

“The department confirmed the state of readiness at Musina Hospital. The state of readiness has also been strengthened in Bela Bela Hospital, which borders Gauteng’s Hammanskraal area where cases have also been reported.”

The agency has also discussed the necessity of routine water testing as a preventative step with the Vhembe municipality.

People shouldn’t panic, according to Phophi Ramathuba, the health MEC.

“We are calling on all our communities to remain calm and vigilant by practising basic hygiene, hand washing and drinking safe water,” said Ramathuba