SUNDAY, 28 MAY 2023

UPDATE ON CHOLERA CASES IN HAMMANSKRAAL AS AT 27 MAY 2023

The Gauteng Department of Health (GdoH) wishes to give an update on the latest Cholera cases in the Hammanskraal area as of 18H00 on 27 May 2023.

The number of patients that have been seen at the Jubilee District Hospital since Monday, 15 May 2023 is sitting at 229 and this number includes 23 patients who have been transferred to other Tshwane-based hospitals. In past few days, less patients have presented at health facilities with symptoms of diarrhoeal disease.

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of Cholera seen at Jubilee is standing at 48. To date, 23 people have unfortunately passed on from the disease outbreak. As of Saturday, there were 77 patients admitted for diarrhoeal disease. It is worth noting that 29 patients have since recovered and were discharged.

As part of efforts to manage the diarrhoeal disease, government has setup a field hospital in Kanana. The six temporary tents have been set up to immediately attend to people presenting with symptoms of dehydration, as vomiting and diarrhoea eliminates water from the body. In this temporary hospital, patients are either given oral hydration or Intravenous Hydration on the spot, and the most critical patients are immediately taken to hospitals in Tshwane for further management and admission.

The GDoH 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. The public is advised to report to their nearest health facilities when they present with diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps anddehydration symptoms, so they can receive medical treatment.

It is also critical that the public avoid consuming known or suspected contaminated food and water.

Ends/

Issued by the Gauteng Department of Health

For more information please contact:
Motalatale Modiba, Head of
Communication: 064 803 0808 or
healthmediaenquiries@gauteng.gov.za

Tshepo Shawa, Spokesperson
for the MEC for Health: 072 222
6333 or
Tshepo.Shawa@gauteng.gov.za