July 11 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The South African Ministry of Health has issued an advisory to monitor the water and liquids they consume, after the health authorities have registered the deaths of at least 47 people throughout the country.
Most of the cases – 35 of the registered deaths – have taken place in the province of Gauteng, in the north of the country. This warning comes amid calls from civil society for urgent intervention.
Communities that have been trying to access clean water for weeks say the situation has become dire. “Right now, we are forced to use rainwater, it is not safe, but what can we do, we have no choice,” a resident told South African television SABC News.
In addition, the Department of Health of the province of Estado Libre indicated over the weekend that the authorities are the only ones that can establish the quality of the water, after an NGO pointed out that there were more cases of cholera in different areas of the state.
Thus, the ministry spokesman stated that there are no new cholera infections in the area, stating that “there is no cholera outbreak”, despite continuing to “encourage the public to drink water from reliable and treatable sources”.