Monday, 12 November, 2018

Zimbabwean president calls for improved sanitation amid cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak Zimbabwean president calls for improved sanitation amid cholera outbreak
Samantha Long | 16 September, 2018, 18:43

"While the deferment is purely on health grounds, beyond the control of the university, the institution, however, has had no reported case of cholera and is now deemed safe", Mapfumo said.

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 global health experts to form a cholera surge team. Indeed, sporadic cases have already been reported in four other provinces.

UNICEF is a key partner in the Inter-Agency Coordination Committee for Health (IACCH) chaired by the Ministry of Health and Child Care with Secretariat support from WHO.

The document uses this opportunity "to lament the loss of lives due to the cholera outbreak and reiterate our solidarity with the government and people of Zimbabwe". Local media have put out reports regarding the tips on how people can avoid getting affected by cholera and typhoid and also when they should visit any clinic.

Government declared an emergency on Tuesday, September 11 whiles the police announced a ban on public gathering especially in capital Harare in public interest.

Four dead following shootout in Mexico City's 'mariachi' plaza
She said the fact that the shooting happened in a crowded public square demonstrates that impunity prevails in the country. Mexican authorities say five people have been killed and nine wounded in a shooting at the capital's emblematic plaza.

In its latest epidemiological and emergency response update issued on September 13, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the deaths were concentrated in Harare suburbs of Budiriro and Glen View.

The WHO said it was "scaling up its response" to contain the outbreak which it said was "expanding quickly in Harare" - a city of more than two million people. The City Council of Harare has struggled for a long time to supply water in all the areas of the capital city with the help of antiquated equipment as well as infrastructure often creating a force on the residents to drink water either from the boreholes as well as from the open walls. Preliminary estimates suggests that the population at risk in the epicentre is 200,000 people.

Cholera is an acute waterborne diarrhoeal disease that is preventable if people have access to safe water and sanitation and practice good hygiene, but can kill within hours if left untreated.

Mapfumo, however, assured the public that the university remained free of the cholera outbreak. The situation is critical because the country is endemic to cholera.

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