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Family Loses 7 Children To Measles In Two Weeks

Family Loses 7 Children To Measles In Two Weeks

Seven children from an Honde Valley family recently succumbed to measles within a space of two weeks.

The seven children were aged between three and 11.

The Rode family’s remaining eight children were only spared after their parents took the bold decision to quit their white garment church and seek medical services for them, according to The Herald.

Religious beliefs that discourage seeking medical services have been identified as the major cause of the current measles outbreak and the resulting deaths.

Mr Tendai Rode of Nyamaende in Honde Valley told Zimpapers’ Television Network (ZTN) that it was painful to bury his children one after the other within such a short space of time. He said in an interview:

I am married to three wives and I was blessed with 15 children. All my children got infected with measles. This happened within a week and on day eight, some of the children who had developed a skin rash started coughing.

The following day, the first child, aged three, died in the morning. The other one, aged four, died in the afternoon. We buried them the following morning.

The other child, aged five, succumbed to the same disease two days later. Barely a day later, the other girl who was doing Grade Two also died.

The other child died the next day. We were all traumatised because five children had succumbed to the disease within a week.

Watching my children dying one after the other made me think twice about my religious beliefs. I saw it prudent to quit my church and seek medical attention for my children at the local health institution.

However, my 11-year-old boy who was being attended to at the clinic failed to make it. He died that very evening. The other one died three days later.

So five of my children died before we could seek medical attention for them, while the other two died after our visit to the clinic. All the children were not vaccinated as this was against our religious beliefs.

However, the measles tests done on my children were not conclusive. The skin rash had disappeared, but their coughing persisted. This disease cost me dearly and I have nowhere to start. All our resources were drained during the seven funerals.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care say as of last week, Manicaland had recorded 3 010 cases and 347 deaths, mostly in Mutasa District. Of those cases, 507 were vaccinated, while 1 982 were unvaccinated. The status of 527 people was unknown.

In response to the measles outbreak, the Government has deployed mobile teams to vaccinate children between the ages of six months and 15 years.

Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person to person via airborne transmission, including breathing, coughing and sneezing.

Among other symptoms, infected persons develop a skin rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, irritated red and watery eyes.

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37 Comments

Mapostori itai mushe 4 months ago

Zvikoro hazvina kuvakirwa kuti munhu wese apinda mu class apase, asi kuti wese apindamo anoita njere dzirinane dzinobetsera kuti agone kutsiurika nekuti level of understanding inenge iri bhoo


Chipoko chaQueen 4 months ago

It’s so unfortunate,but vanhu itai mushe imi 7 children in 9 years🤷‍♂️Mukore uno?
I think it was God’s plan kuty avaradzike zvichakanaka.God knows what would’ve happened to those kids if they grew up nemubereki asingazive simple things like family planning and vaccination zvayo


Godless 4 months ago

God does not exist. God only exists in your mind.

Mutsatsi 4 months ago

Zvidhara zvacho hazviite bonyora saka haaa kutsatsa chete kusvika mhuri yakura

Scar The Lion 4 months ago

Ana godless ndimi murikukonzeresa usatanism muchikoro umo. Zuva pekugumira pakutaura nyobvo. Zvimwe dherera asi kwete Mwari nekuti isu vanotigonera. Dzidza kuzvidzora pakutaura nyobvo. Zvirinani kunyarara pane kutaura nonsense.

Citizen raPep naChamisa 4 months ago

Wow 7 innocent souls brought to suffer in this hell (Zanu-Mbabwe) with us.At least the Lord took them to heaven vasaty vaona zvizhinji


Wiseman from the East 4 months ago

if these so called white parments woke up from the deep sleep they are in even Zim will wake up tu cz their doctrine iz much mo stronger than mutoriro which hz killed amass even chitepo skul of ideology dz nt make someone a fool like these guyz are doing musha mumwe chete kuita marinda akadero in one week. and these guys vatoonawo vari kumisangano kwavo ikoko y can't they also go there with soldiers munhu wese abaiwe ikoko


chibaba 4 months ago

mapositori akaita sei chaizvo kuuraisa ma innocent souls like that 😭😭


Ama 4 months ago

Problem is with the government. Why not come up with a law that punishes such idiocy. Such must be treated as first degree murder. FULL STOP


worried citizen 4 months ago

haaa makanyanya kupata i bhaibheri ripi ramoverenga ronzi vana hamuende kuchipatara,mugood samaritan uya akaendesa munhu akaona akapondwa kuclinic zvoreva izvo kuti mubible maclinics aishandiswa imi moti hatiendi kkkk,MWARI anobetsera anozvibetserawo,dai mainamata munamato inonzwika nedenga havaimbofa vese vana ava murukuzvifadza nenhema mkaungana hpna MWARI pamoungana paya basa kutora vana vadiki kuita vakadzi moda shamhu inemunyu imi


4 months ago

Really a sad incident

gora 4 months ago

iweee shamwari rega ndikutaurire Mwari unobatsira munhu unotambudzika nekumutsvaga wena

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Minnie 4 months ago

muchizvinyanyawo kuzviita holy holy
anyway my their souls rest in peace


i 4 months ago

imi vanhu vekwamarange ku****a kwenyu


.com 4 months ago

Chikoro chishomasa pavanhu vekwaMarange ava


Cresta 4 months ago

Wakadzidzrana nesu hre **** iwe believe in what u have uri dhongi

God's will 4 months ago

God's Punishment for supporting evil zanupf.


Marange 4 months ago

Mwari anochengeta vanhu asi zvivi zvinosudurutsa vanhu kuna Mwari. Murume uyu ngaazvibvunze kuti aifamba sei pamberi paMwari.


cross 4 months ago

child endangerment negligence don't we have a law to arrest these numbskulls


Tawanda 4 months ago

Government is working on a law along those lines

Scar The Lion 4 months ago

lnga Vanhu vapindwa naSatan. Zanu pf ikaita utsinye vakutoonawo kunge Mwari vari wicked. Vanhu ngavasadaro veduwee😨😨

OG 4 months ago

Mapostori muchandotongwa nemabasa ZANU iri kusiya vana vachifa nekuti inoda vote tisadaro


Swat 4 months ago

Dai kuchifa Ivo Ana baba vacho vanoita zvisina kwana nw vakuuraisa vana vadiki vasinga vote. Ndoska ED asina basa nekufa kwevana nekt hava vote mapositori changamukai inguva ichiripo muchapera mese makaita zvekutamba


porongi 4 months ago

ndatotsamwa so how can a father figure be so foolish kusvika pakuurayisa mhuri yose nekuda kwechitendero,wozopepuka mhuri yapera zvobatsirei ,dai uri pano ndakuvhara nembama kana kukubvisa mazindebvu anokunyengera nebanga dai ndine Simba ndasunungura mhuri dzenyu nekuvharisa chichurch chenyu chema womanizer ichi


Anonymous 4 months ago

This article is full of lies. This is just propaganda against white garment churches. So if you denounce someone's beliefs that doesnt make him wrong. What you believe is right thats faith. Believe what you want and let others do so with all the freedoms. freedom of worship. Akakuenda kudenga kwacho akaudzwa kuti mapositori ari wrong ndiani. And kushandisa news ku spreada manyepo thats wrong


Wezhira 4 months ago

There should be laws that regulate the vaccination of all minors from diseases whether uriwe church ipi zvayo.Failure to comply should result in the arrest of the offenders because we are losing innocent souls.


Sabhuku 4 months ago

mapostori for ED


Sabhuku 4 months ago

pindula why do you censor our comments?


chidhakwa 4 months ago

hurumende kana iri hurumende ngaibhane position yekwamarange zviorere vanhu ava vaneutsunye kuunganidza vana vangu pamurume one kuuraya vana eishh


gorar 4 months ago

rest in peace ngavazorore murugare kunyangwe makashanda wena


muporofita wenhema 4 months ago

Africans are imbwas.


mmm 4 months ago

Mapositora munoshota shamhu big time


Kopo 4 months ago

Govt inoramba yakat zii.. just to safe guard these mapostori-zanu pf votes


Mandi Chimene 4 months ago

2015 ndakaenda kuPari ndine hama yairwara maive neumwe mukuru wekuJohane Marange aive apihwa mubhedha vaitaura kuti akauya asingazive kana chinhu but within 12 days anga ato recover akutonyenga ma nurse achichema havi yebonde kuti ndagarisa. Aitaura kuti ane 9 wives so every day anorova 3 wives and basa rake kurova vakadzi chinhu vana vachiwanda


gora 4 months ago

r i p ndinoti zororai murugare kunyangwe makashanda wena


Nimrod 4 months ago

Very unfortunate for the innocent lives lost. May their souls rest in peace.
However the reporting on statistics is very poor: 3010 cases made up of 507 vaccinated,1982 unvaccinated and the status of 527unknown is not adding up.. 347sadly passed away, but the reader would want to know from which group those who passed away came from. lteould be very useful to knowifany of those who died had been vaccinated


4 months ago



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