WC health monitors new diarrhoea cases after deaths

The department says at least 25,000 cases affecting minors have been reported in the province.

Communal toilets. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department says it will closely monitor diarrhoea cases in the province following the death of five children.

The department said at least 25,000 cases affecting minors have been reported in the province since November.

Provincial health's Mark van der Heever said, "Informal settlement, inappropriate sanitation facilities that's where we do see the number of diarrhea cases increased, but that's due to people not practicing hand hygiene, not being able to wash their hands with clean water."