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02 June 2014

Two more babies die in Bloemhof

Diarrhoea has claimed the lives of two babies, while five are under observation in Bloemhof, North West.

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Two more babies have died from diarrhoea in Bloemhof where the water has been contaminated, according to the North West health department.

"One baby was seven-months-old and the other was 13-months-old," said spokesman Tebogo Lekgethwane.

The circumstances surrounding their deaths were similar to the first baby that died last Wednesday, he said.

Dozens of residents went to local clinics to be checked out last week following the contamination. Five babies were admitted to hospital for observation.

Outcome unknown as yet

The Lekwa-Teemane municipality shut down its water supply system more than a week ago.

The national water affairs department said on Friday that the system had been cleaned and sanitised. Water was restored on Thursday evening.

But residents said the water coming out of taps was still brown on Friday, and residents were asked to boil the water first before using it. Water samples were taken for testing, but the outcome is not yet known.

The health department denied claims of a cholera outbreak, saying the outcome of the tests was still being awaited.

Read: How can cholera be prevented?

On Sunday, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane visited the area. Her spokeswoman Nomvula Khalo told Sapa she expected to receive the results on Monday afternoon.

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