Cholera outbreak: Death toll rises to 20 in Zimbabwe

Kenny Tucker
September 15, 2018

New Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said on Tuesday that the outbreak manifested after the people drank contaminated water.

"In light of the declaration of the state of emergency, the police in Harare will not allow any public gatherings", police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said in a statement.

Isolated cases of the diarrheal disease have been reported in some parts of the country as Harare remains the epicenter of the latest outbreak which began early this month.

Cholera outbreaks have occurred regularly in Zimbabwe's cities where supplies of potable water and sanitation facilities are scarce.

"The current cholera epidemic is a bad effect of Zimbabwe's failure to invest in and manage both its basic water and sanitation infrastructure and its health care system".

"When cholera strikes a major metropolis such as Harare, we need to work fast to stop the spread of the disease before it gets out of control", said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa. We're working very no longer easy to assist the authorities", UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe Mohamed Ayoya talked about.Calvin Fambirai, head of Zimbabwe Clinical doctors for Human Rights, known as on the authorities to present better raze disposal systems, namely in densely-populated areas of the metropolis to forestall future outbreaks of water-borne ailments."The instances that necessitate the unfold of cholera and typhoid in Zimbabwe hang no longer modified since the 2008 outbreak.

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The ban on public gatherings comes as opposition leader Nelson Chamisa was planning a rally to conduct a mock inauguration ceremony, claiming he was cheated out of victory in elections held in July.

A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill. A national disaster has been declared and some schools in Harare have been closed.

WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care to fight the outbreak by strengthening the coordination of the response and mobilizing national and worldwide health experts to form a cholera surge team.

"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".

She urged the Mnangagwa administration to "learn from its predecessor's mistakes" and act urgently before more lives are lost.

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