SENIOR STAFF WRITER
ZIMBABWE has recorded a sharp increase in pellagra cases, with 1 061 registered between January and June 2020 compared to 440 over the same period last year.
“As per routine data, 1 061 pellagra cases were recorded between January to June 2020, more than double compared to the 440 cases over the same period last year.
“The number of cases is likely to continue increasing as food insecurity in the country deepens and household income for accessing diversified diets continues to be depleted by the economic crisis.“Due to the drought-induced food insecurity, the majority of households in the country require food assistance to facilitate adequate dietary intake and prevent deterioration of the nutrition status of children, women and the general community.“Already nationally 56 percent of women consume less than five groups of recommended foods,” Ocha said.
“Of those screened in the first week of July, 67 were admitted for treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and 51 were admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM).“Nationally, 9 863 children were admitted for treatment of SAM between January and June 2020.
“The unexpected decrease in admission of children for treatment of acute malnutrition that was recorded in April has since improved with 1 643 children being admitted in May and 1 297 admissions in June compared to 1 168 the previous month of April.