On Wednesday, the Department of Health highlighted its concern about the recent cholera outbreak in neighbouring countries. Jacaranda FM reports that it emphasised its potential impact on local health systems.
Tshwane’s MMC for Health, Marina Marx, assured the public in December that measures were in place to swiftly respond to potential cholera cases in the city after a previous outbreak in Hammanskraal.
Given the ongoing cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, the National Health Department had issued a cautionary advisory for South Africa.
Foster Mohale, the Health spokesperson, stated that collaborative efforts with stakeholders, including the Border Management Authority, have intensified health screening services and education at land ports of entry. This collective approach aims to lessen the risk of cross-border transmission.
Mohale urged travellers returning from cholera-endemic areas, especially Zimbabwe, to remain vigilant, cooperate with health officials, and be transparent about any symptoms. He said that suspected cholera patients would be tested at the nearest health facilities. He highlighted the importance of hand hygiene as an effective preventive measure against cholera.
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