Water in Hammanskraal tanks is safe to drink: Government

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Funeral services of three people who died of Cholera in Hammanskraal are under way. 21 people have died since the Cholera outbreak in the area, and one died in the Free State.

One of the deceased who is buried today is 69-year-old Sello Solomon Manamela who showed symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting before he passed on.

Meanwhile, the community has been re-assured by the Water and Sanitation Department that the water from tankers is safe to drink.

This follows claims by some communities that the water supplied by tankers is also contaminated.

A makeshift field clinic has been set up at Kanana village.

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, is expected to visit the clinic to check on updates regarding admissions and recoveries.

VIDEO | Makeshift field clinic in Hammanskraal

Earlier, the National Health Department said it is in what it terms a race against time to find the source of the cholera outbreak.

The National Health Department’s spokesperson Foster Mohale explains.

“What we don’t know is where the contamination is taking place. A number of people are working around the clock in order to find out where the contamination took place in order to try to find the source of water contamination in Hammanskraal. Hence, we are trying to test the water from different points at different times in order to find out what could be the possible cause of contamination.”

Cholera update from the National Department of Health: