The team of health experts from National, Provincial and Local Departments of Health as well as the Institute of Communicable Disease has completed a week long investigation into suspected cases of diarrhoea in certain parts of the Municipal area.
 
The team has been visiting communities, families, clinics and government hospitals in the region to investigate and to ascertain what could have been the cause of diarrhoea and cases of all people who have been admitted in hospital for suspected diarrhoea.

During the investigation, the team has confirmed that the eThekwini Region has an outbreak of diarrhoea. The team found that more than 50% samples collected came out positive for the Rota virus.


Deputy Head of Communicable Disease Services in eThekwini Municipality, Dr Ayo Olowolagba said the investigation is still ongoing to ascertain if the outbreak is as a result of Rota Virus or something else.
 

A consolidated report is expected to be finalised and will be released to the public as soon as findings are collated.
 
“Health Practitioners in the eThekwini Region including in clinics and hospitals will continue to educate the public about hygiene, especially when preparing food, washing of hands, disposal of faecal materials and the whole package of primary health care services,” said Olowolagba.

In most of the hospitals and clinics, the Oral Rehydration Therapy Corner (ORT) is fully functional and there were no stock outs. The ORT corner is where the parents are demonstrated on how to mix the salt and sugar solution which helps to stabilise the diarrhoea while seeking for professional.

Mothers and care givers are advised to use the sugar and salt solution properly and adhere to the correct information; as failure to this can result to deaths which could be easily preventable.

“The Municipality in partnership with Government structures are doing their best to address this matter. We appeal to the community to cooperate and to work with us when doing house visit, this will be a continuous effort to prevent such outbreaks in the near future.

The eThekwini Region has a clean water supply that is safe for consumption and most of the houses that were visited have tap water and flushing toilets,” said Olowolagba
 
The public is encouraged to seek medical help in clinics and hospitals should they suspect symptoms of diarrhoea and not wait until the situation is worse.

For more information please contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email: Thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za.
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. Contact Sane Shandu on 031 311 4806/072 572 8658 or email: sanelisiwe.shandu@durban.gov.za