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Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

In 2017, more than 150,000 cholera cases were reported in 17 countries throughout Africa, according to the WHO.

An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in Harare to prevent the spread of infection. Authorities report that the outbreak began on September 1 in Harare and as of that date to September 11, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reports that there have been almost 2000 suspected cholera cases, including 58 confirmed cases and 24 deaths.

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.

"Relevant medicines should be purchased as a matter of urgency as soon as resistance patterns have been ascertained", it said.

The cholera outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare earlier this month, prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city after at least 3,000 cases were reported. "We have postponed the anniversary, given the police ban on gatherings in Harare".

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




Reports claim Chamisa had wanted to use the celebrations to mark the birth of Zimbabwe's biggest opposition party in September 1999 under the tutelage of the late labour leader Morgan Tsvangirai to stage the inauguration of "the people's president" as part of his continued protest against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's slim election victory in July.

Informal housing areas without running water have mushroomed, and basic infrastructure has collapsed due to years of neglect.

"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.

The MDC is in charge of the Harare City Council which is accused of failing to provide running water and collect rubbish from residential areas regularly while government has also been fingered for being the author of the current macro-economic hardships that has brought poverty among Zimbabweans and made it hard for local authorities to function flawlessly.

A total of 4 000 people died and at least 100 000 people fell ill.


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