South Africa is faced with a looming humanitarian crisis as thousands of Zimbabwean asylum seekers are struck by a waterborne illness at a refugee camp in Musina.
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More than 54 people were admitted at the hospital from Saturday after the heavy rains last week.
Most people affected are Zimbabwean nationals who sleep in the open and drink untreated water. The camp has no ablution facilities. Limpopo health authorities said a further 400 patients crossed into Musina a week ago, seeking treatment as a Zimbabwean hospital across the border failed to cope.
This hospital in Musina was abuzz with health workers trying to save the lives of those affected. Beds are cleared in some wards to make space available for those who are frequenting the hospital after the outbreak. This condition is believed to have been caused by the appalling conditions that the immigrants are exposed to outside the refugee camp.
More than one 1 500 immigrants camping next to the Refugee center are without shelter and adequate sanitation facilities. The provincial department of health says the outbreak of the disease was reported in Zimbabwe where the death toll rose to more than 200.
Meanwhile, a team of medical experts has been dispatched to the town.