City of Cape Town announce a 70% rise of diarrhea cases compared to last year
The City of Cape Town announced its clinics had reported a major spike in diarrhoea cases amid the surge season.
There is usually a spike in the number of diarrhea cases Between November and May, as the warmer weather prompts the spread of germs.
In January last year, there was 1 710 cases reported in clinics. This year’s stats shows double the amount with an increase of 2 908 cases. Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross, said that there has been a 70% rise in cases among children younger than five in public clinics.
Van der Ross said Surge season data tracks cases of diarrhoea, pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition in young children. She further stated that If these are not treated on time this can lead to life-threatening consequences.
"We're not yet halfway through the season and the numbers are concerning. These illnesses are the biggest health risk to children and yet they can be treated and is easily preventable," Van der Ross said.
By Everngelista Muza