Zimbabwe gov't declares state of emergency as cholera outbreak takes toll

Leslie Hanson
September 15, 2018

The outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare, has prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city.

Glenview, a high density suburb of Harare with an active trading area and a highly mobile population, is at the epicentre of the outbreak.

The outbreak that started in Harare two weeks ago has now spread to four other provinces.

Dr Moyo said resources have been promised by UNICEF, Delta and Stanbic Bank, and appealed to other well wishers in the corporate world for more resources emphasising that the 2008 loss of lives should be averted. Calvin Fambirai, head of Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights has urged the government to step up the condition of the waste disposal systems especially in the regions that are thickly populated to prevent the water bourne disease now and in the future.

"Cholera is a severe watery diarrhoeal disease with or without vomiting caused by vibrio cholera".

More than 2,000 people have been infected from drinking contaminated water so far. Poor sanitation and hygiene is responsible for its spread.

"The current cholera epidemic is a awful effect of Zimbabwe's failure to invest in and manage both its basic water and sanitation infrastructure and its health care system", said Jessica Pwiti, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe, in a statement released Wednesday. "This will enable us to contain the cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on, to get rid of the problem as quickly as possible", Moyo said Tuesday while visiting areas most affected by the outbreak in the city. Forty-seven African countries adopted the Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control at the 68th session of WHO's Regional Committee for Africa.

"As the government itself has now admitted, this is a national disaster which requires an immediate and effective response". Every death from cholera is preventable.

The President of Zimbabwe in a tweet said, "My thoughts & prayers are with those suffering from the cholera outbreak, and the loved ones of those we have lost".

The Government of Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency and is working with worldwide 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.

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