University of Zimbabwe graduation cancelled due to Harare Cholera

Let’s unite against cholera First Lady

Let’s unite against cholera First Lady

He said the government is following up on all people who were in contact with the victims to stop the disease from spreading.

A World Health Organization situation report revealed that first-line antibiotics were struggling to treat the disease, which has spread to five of the country's 10 provinces.

"There is resistance to the first-line medicine", the report said, with tests suggesting antibiotic drugs ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone could be ineffective and the alternative drug azithromycin was not available.

The Government of Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency and is working with global partners to rapidly expand recommended cholera response actions, including increasing access to clean and safe water in the most affected communities and decommissioning contaminated water supplies.

She urged members of the public to heed the ban as it would assist in alleviating the spread of the disease.

University of Zimbabwe graduation ceremony scheduled for today has been cancelled due to Cholera fears that has hit the capital city.

The move came after the Government declared a state of emergency following 20 deaths and more than 2,000 cases related to waterborne diseases such as salmonella, typhoid and cholera.


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

The ban could affect a rally by the main opposition on Saturday where the party planned a mock inauguration for its leader Nelson Chamisa whom supporters say was robbed of victory in elections on July 30.

"It is appalling that in 2018, people are still dying of such a preventable disease", said Jessica Pwiti, director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe said in a statement.

The 2008 crisis claimed more than 4,300 lives and was blamed on the lack of a safe drinking water supply as well as broken-down sanitation systems that left many people surrounded by flowing raw sewage near their homes.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe, has pledged to tackle the current outbreak.

Cholera is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water and can kill within hours if untreated.

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