Ty­phoid kills pupil in Red­cliff

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

A FORM Two pupil has died of ty­phoid in Red­cliff, Mayor Coun­cil­lor Freddy Ka­puya has con­firmed.

The disease al­legedly broke out in the town about three weeks ago.

Red­cliff gets wa­ter from Kwekwe, which of­ten cuts sup­plies when the town fails to pay.

Three weeks ago, there were two con­firmed ty­phoid cases. Clr Ka­puya con­firmed the ty­phoid re­ports recorded in Ru­tendo high-den­sity sub­urb, which he at­trib­uted to the acute shortage of wa­ter be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in the Mid­lands town. “We re­ceived a re­port that a Form Two pupil who had been re­ferred to Harare for treat­ment died from the disease. Doc­tors con­firmed that the lad had died as a re­sult of the wa­ter borne disease,” he said.

“We have se­ri­ous prob­lems with wa­ter sup­ply ow­ing to the debts on wa­ter, which Red­cliff owes to Kwekwe City Coun­cil be­cause our res­i­dents are fail­ing to ser­vice their bills.”

He said res­i­dents had re­sorted to us­ing wa­ter from un­pro­tected sources. “In the past three weeks, we recorded two cases of ty­phoid ow­ing to the wa­ter chal­lenge. The two were treated and this was a third case which has un­for­tu­nately claimed one life. The sit­u­a­tion has since nor­malised,” said Clr Ka­puya.—@patiemt­siwi.

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