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Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

16 September 2018

Early this month, the MDC-T approached the High Court for and won an order forcing police to allow it to hold a rally in Kwekwe after its request had been turned down over a typhoid outbreak detected in the Midlands capital of Gweru, about 65km away.

No public gatherings allowed as part of an emergency response to the outbreak that has killed 21 people so far.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the learning institution's acting vice chancellor, Professor Paul Mapfumo, made the announcement a day before the graduation ceremony after the disease had killed at least 25 people.

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. Yesterday (Thursday), the country's Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo, told journalists that there were 3,766 cases of cholera in the outbreak; whuch had claimed 25 lives.

The cholera outbreak is a National crisisethat requires various stakeholders to work together it's fight Harare City Council Spokesperson, Michael Chideme has said.

The area is vulnerable to cholera because of inadequate supplies of safe piped water, which has led people to use alternative unsafe supplies such as wells and boreholes. "Providing access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation and ensuring communities have the tools and information to prevent its spread will be critical to saving countless more lives".

"It is appalling that in 2018 people are still dying of such a preventable disease", Jessia Pwiti, Amnesty's executive director for Zimbabwe, said in a statement on Wednesday. "But no lessons were learned from the 2008 epidemic and the outbreak and deaths we're seeing now is symptomatic of a still broken-down sanitation infrastructure and poor sewer management, worsened by shortages of drugs and medical supplies".

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

"A cumulative of 24 deaths were reported from the onset of the outbreak", the World Health Organization report said, with 23 deaths in Harare and one death in the southeast district of Masvingo.

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

Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak