GAUTENG RESIDENTS FEAR HEALTH DEPT WON’T COPE WITH LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK

GAUTENG RESIDENTS FEAR HEALTH DEPT WON’T COPE WITH LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK

JOHANNESBURG – As scientists at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) battle to find the source of the listeriosis outbreak, Gauteng residents say they fear the country’s Health Department will not be able to handle the pressure as the number of patients grow.

With over 900 cases confirmed through laboratory tests, the food-borne disease has so far claimed 172 lives across the country.

The disease affects mostly new-borns which constitute 41% of current cases, pregnant women, people above the age of 65 and those living with HIV, diabetes, cancer and other illnesses that affect the immune system.

Eyewitness News has spoken to a few Gauteng residents about their concerns around the listeriosis outbreak.

Government was first alerted to the problem in July last year when doctors at the Chris Hani Baragwanath and Steve Biko Hospitals voiced their concerns over an unusually high number of babies with the virus.

Since then there’s been no clear indication of where the disease is coming from, but NICD head Dr Juno Thomas says every other project or investigation has been put on hold while scientists work tirelessly to make a conclusive finding.

“Listeriosis cases are notoriously difficult to investigate.”

A Gauteng resident says that he is concerned that government is not doing enough.

“So my friend’s son got a little disturbed, he wasn’t well over the weekend but because his father is lucky enough to provide for him with special treatment. But the question is how about those that don’t have the resources?”

At present, 59% of cases have been recorded in Gauteng.

Masego Rahlaga / EWN

Facebook Comments

About author

Nigerians in South Africa
Nigerians in South Africa 1725 posts

We are about democracy, human rights, public opinion, political behavior, civil rights and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries.

You might also like

South Africa To Educate Citizens about how Nigeria helped fight against apartheid

South Africa  plans to introduce history in its academic curriculum so as to enlighten citizens about Nigeria’s role in the fight against apartheid rule. South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu

Health 0 Comments

Sex drugs worth $1.6 million seized in South Africa

South African airport customs officials have confiscated male sexual enhancement tablets worth 20.6 million rand ($1.63 million) en route to Swaziland from India, the revenue service said on Monday. Customs

Community 0 Comments

25-year-old to get 20 lashes for stealing she-goat

A Sharia Court in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria on Monday ordered a 25-year-old man, Abubakar Sani, to be given 20 strokes of the cane for stealing a she-goat. The presiding

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply