Most Zimbabwean deaths in SA linked to HIV/Aids

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Figures from Zimbabwe’s South African Consulate show that more than 300 Zimbabweans die in SA every month, with more than a third of deaths related to HIV/Aids.

Zim News reports that this is according to the consul-general to South Africa, Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro who said that last year they processed documents for a total of 3,944 Zimbabweans who died in the neighbouring country.

Repatriations are done mainly through Plumtree and Beitbridge border posts. Mukonoweshuro said the major destinations for the bodies were the country’s southern provinces.

“The figures increased to 3,140 in 2015 from 2,060 in 2014,” he said. “The major destinations are mainly Bulilima, Mangwe, Lupane, Gwanda, Masvingo, Beitbridge, Tsholotsho, Nkayi and Chipinge.

Mukonoweshuro said most deaths were related to HIV and Aids, which accounted for 35%. He said the majority of the people die in winter after succumbing to diseases such as broncho-pneumonia, hepatitis B, meningitis, pulmonary TB, pneumonia hepatitis and other retroviral diseases.

Zim News report

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