Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba regards the listeria outbreak in the country as disastrous and during a media briefing at the Premier’s Office today (Friday) divulged that 48 cases have been reported in the province since the announcement of the outbreak last year. Nine of the 48 victims died from the disease, she revealed.
She went on to say 34 cases were reported by private health facilities and 14 by public health institutions. Ramathuba indicated that 18 of the patients revealed that they started noticing symptoms associated with listeria after consuming cold meat while others could not remember what they ate.
When asked if the presence of the listeria bacteria at Enterprise Foods in Polokwane was attributed to poor hygiene, she said “The facility has not been complying with the hygiene standards, hence as government we need to come up with a solid strategy to strengthen hygiene standards. The outbreak serves as a lesson to us.”
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI