‘Okavango Diarrhoea Outbreak Under Control’

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The Okavango District Health Management Team has acted swiftly to bring under control an outbreak of diarrhoea that has caused 7 infants death since February this year.

This was highlighted by the Okavango District Council chairman Gaopalelwe Ronald during a full council recently, where he noted that the district recorded an increase in number of diarrhoea cases in children below the age of five during the month of February. He revealed that it was during the same month that they recorded a total of 5 deaths caused by diarrhoea with dehydration.

The most affected villages, according to Ronald were Nokaneng and Habu.

In the month of March, he said there were 2 deaths of diarrhoea with dehydration making it a total of 7 deaths in the 4th quarter, January, February and March.

He added that the District Health Management Team (DHMT) has since swiftly implemented appropriate measures to combat the outbreak and arrest the deaths resulting from this outbreak.

He emphasised that a robust community sensitisation in the affected areas was conducted, including visiting homes of children affected by diarrhoea. In addition, he highlighted that the DHMT ensured availability of commodities used to treat diarrhoea in the facilities and homesteads of children under the age of five.

Okavango District is said to have been grappling with an outbreak of diarrhoea and since the year 2022 a total number of 10 children under the age of five years have died. A total of around 600 cases of diarrhoea was recorded in children across the district since that year.

Meanwhile he revealed that malaria cases recorded this year have reduced with the Okavango DHMT recording a cumulative number of malaria cases of 131 as compared to the 194 registered last year during the same period.

He further noted that there were no deaths resulting from malaria recorded this quarter. However, he noted that areas mostly affected include Sekondomboro, Xakao and Kauxwi which have recorded high cases of malaria. 

“There has been a distribution of bed nets which commenced during the month of March from Shakawe to Xaxa,” Ronald said.

He noted that the distribution will be followed by a hang up keep up campaign in the whole district except Gumare village, and mentioned that it is important to note that the malaria transmission period is coming to an end and the number of malaria cases has significantly declined.

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