Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency in Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Zimbabwean health authorities on Tuesday declared the current cholera outbreak an emergency in the country’s capital Harare.

"Declaring the emergency will enable the government to quickly contain cholera, typhoid and other diarrheal diseases,"said Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obediah Moyo during a visit to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital in the city.

According to reports, at least 20 people have succumbed to the disease and more than 2,000 have been infected after drinking contaminated water.

Harare City Council has not been able to supply adequate potable water to various suburbs in the capital for years and residents rely on water from open wells and community boreholes, some of which are contaminated

Zimbabwe recorded its worst cholera outbreak in 2008 which claimed more than 4,000 lives.
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11 september 2018 17:52:49

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