Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

Cholera tsunami sweeps across Zimbabwe again!                 Posted

Cholera tsunami sweeps across Zimbabwe again! Posted

Non-Food Items (NFIs) sufficient for over 1,000 households are being distributed in the newly affected areas.

A Cholera outbreak that has rocked Zimbabwe's capital Harare in recent weeks has reportedly forced the University of Zimbabwe to postpone its graduation ceremony that had been slated for Friday.

Zimbabwe, which was ruled by Robert Mugabe from independence in 1980 until his ousting past year, suffered its worst cholera outbreak in 2008.

The outbreak is confined in Harare's high density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro but isolated cases stemming from the two suburbs have also been reported in other parts of the country.

Outbreaks of cholera occur regularly in Zimbabwe because of dilapidated water and sanitation facilities.

Zimbabwe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to deal with an outbreak of cholera that has so far killed 25 people, mostly in the capital, Harare.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Zimbabwe Republic Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba asked residents to "take heed" of the ruling, which came after health officials identified more than 3,000 suspected cases of the waterborne disease.

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The MDC accused the government of using the cholera outbreak, which has claimed 25 lives, to stop the mock inauguration at the party's 19th anniversary celebrations in Harare on Saturday.

"Most of the areas affected have been dealing with an outbreak of typhoid so this is a double punch for them and it shows the weakness of the water systems", Red Cross secretary general Maxwell Phiri said.

"It is appalling that in 2018, people are still dying of such a preventable disease", she said. "But no lessons were learned from the 2008 epidemic and the outbreak and deaths we're seeing now is symptomatic of a still broken-down sanitation infrastructure and poor sewer management, worsened by shortages of drugs and medical supplies".

Itai Rusike, the director of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) told the Daily News yesterday that Moyo, as the custodian of the Public Health Act, should urgently address the key drivers of cholera and typhoid in order to permanently eliminate the diseases and avoid future recurrence.

Mothers and their babies suspected to have cholera wait to be screened in a quarantine area in Harare, Friday, Sept, 14, 2018, after a cholera emergency was declared following the deaths of more than 20 people.

Prevention and Control at the 68th session of WHO's Regional Committee for Africa.

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