Johannesburg – The Gauteng Department of Health has revealed that the number of deaths from cholera in the Hammanskraal area has risen to 17.
“The number of patients that have been seen at the Jubilee District Hospital is sitting at 165 and this number includes 18 patients who have been transferred to other health facilities in Tshwane,” the department said in the latest update issued late Tuesday.
“The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of Cholera is standing at 29.
“To date, 17 people have passed on from the disease outbreak. Currently, 67 patients are admitted due to gastrointestinal infection.”
The department said it continues to urge people to ensure proper hand hygiene, which includes thorough washing of hands with water and soap or alcohol-based sanitiser before handling food and after using the toilet.
“We advise the public to report to their nearest health facilities when they present with diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and dehydration symptoms, so they can receive medical treatment,” the department said.
“We further reiterate the call for the public to avoid consuming known or suspected contaminated food and water.”