110 succumb to malnutrition

A TOTAL of 110 people have succumbed to malnutrition-related diseases in Bulawayo since the beginning of the year, reflecting the deepening economic crisis that has left many families failing to fend for themselves, a report compiled by the city’s health

department has revealed.


The report which was discussed during a full council meeting two weeks ago indicates that the deaths were recorded in the first three months of the year.


Bulawayo executive mayor, Japhet Ndabeni Ncube, this week confirmed the latest figures and said they were worrying. He said that council was doing everything in its powers to keep supplementary feeding programmes it is running in the city going on.


“The malnutrition figures are still bad but these statistics will help us plan for the supplementary feeding programmes we are running in council schools and clinics,” Ndabeni-Ncube said.


The city’s health department report indicates that in the month of March alone a total of 33 people including 28 children under the age of four succumbed to malnutrition-related diseases in Bulawayo.


The figures add to the 77 people who died of malnutrition-related diseases in January and February this year.


The figures for January and February also indicate that the majority of the deaths were recorded in the under-four age group.


Of the 43 people who died in February, 31 were children under the age of four while 29 children in the same age group died in January where a total of 34 other people died.


The latest malnutrition figures are certain to rile President Robert Mugabe’s government that has insisted that no one will die of hunger in Zimbabwe. — Staff Writer.