Around 50 000 cases of diarrhoea have been reported in Zimbabwe so far this year alone, with 30 deaths resulting from the deadly epidemic. This was revealed by the country’s ministry of health and child care on Friday.

According to New Zimbabwe, the health ministry disclosed that 48 843 cases of diarrhoea had been recorded since the beginning of 2016, with 10 604 of these having been reported last week, along with 8 deaths.


Director of Epideminology in the ministry, Portia Manangazira, also said that 312 new cases of suspected typhoid were reported last week, with one death reported.

This comes just one month after reports indicated that a deadly outbreak of typhoid fever had hit the country’s capital, Harare.

According to a report by the International Business Times, six cases of the disease had been reported by the end of January, with many more being expected.

Deadly Diarrhoea HITS Zimbabwe
Problems of water in Zimbabwe are the cause of disease in Zimbabwe

Typhoid, which is spread through poor water and sanitation, has plagued the southern African nation for years and has shown little sign of being stemmed.

The spread of the disease has been made worse through the preparation and selling of food in unhealthy conditions.

Close to half a million deaths occurred in Zimbabwe in 2012 due to diarrhoea, according to All Africa, a large number of which were children under the age of 5.

Comment with your Facebook