Zimbabwe: Cholera hits Harare

Lusaka Zambia. Zambia said on January 13 it would open its international school and some retail centres in the capital after

Lusaka Zambia. Zambia said on January 13 it would open its international school and some retail centres in the capital after

Almost 4,000 people have been infected with cholera, which has been declared a health emergency in Harare.

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader has postponed plans for a mock inauguration on Saturday following a police ban on public gatherings as the country battles to contain a cholera outbreak that has killed 26 people.

The Harare outbreak has been caused by burst sewers that contaminated borehole water used by the residents.

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

While the deferment is purely on health grounds, beyond the control of the University, the institution, however, has no reported case of cholera and is now deemed safe, the statement read.

"The government has declared the cholera outbreak in Harare a state of emergency, meaning that it is also a threat to human security", Charamba said.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday urged the Harare city council and other local authorities to work on improving sanitation to prevent water-borne diseases.

Initial cases of cholera were reported in Gweru and Harare last month and the capital is now the worst affected area.

Under former leader Robert Mugabe, who was in power from Zimbabwe's independence in 1980 until being removed from office by the military late previous year, corruption and economic mismanagement were endemic.

Cholera is expanding in Harare, the country's capital with a population of more than 2 million people.

More than 1 000 Red Cross volunteers are fanning out through the suburbs of Zimbabwe's providing water treatment, tracking and referral services, and are going door-to-door to provide families in high risk areas with information about cholera prevention.

"It is appalling that in 2018, people are still dying of such a preventable disease", she said.

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.

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

In 2008, more than 4,000 people were killed and 100,000 more infected when a cholera outbreak that began in Harare spread to other parts of the country.

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