Patience Mutsiwi, Midlands Reporter
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.