Cholera death toll climbs to 28 in Zimbabwe - International

Henrietta Strickland
September 20, 2018

The latest cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has claimed the lives of 28 people, state media confirmed on Sunday.

According to the World Health Organisation as of September 11, nearly 2,000 suspected cholera cases, including 24 deaths, were reported in Zimbabwe.

The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to 24 with first-line antibiotics struggling to treat the disease which has spread from the capital, a World Health Organisation report said Thursday.

The minister said he will engage relevant authorities such as the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry and the Harare City Council to come up with long term strategies that will address cholera outbreaks in the country.

"Although I can not say we have contained the disease as of yet, we are moving swiftly in all provinces of the country", health minister Obadiah Moyo told the state-owned Sunday Mail.

Meanwhile, police at the weekend enforced the ban on illegal vending in the city as part of measures to contain the outbreak.

The new Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has created an emergency crowdfunding campaign to fight the disease. "WHO is providing cholera kits which contain oral rehydration solution, intravenous fluids and antibiotics to cholera treatment centers", read a statement from the organization.

The Committee said the government's "failure to guarantee the right to health" was a serious violation of both local and global law.

But health minister Moyo dismissed the criticism against his government, saying this was not the time "for a blame game".

The disease can kill within hours if left untreated - it is an acute diarrhoeal disease that kills up to 143,000 people per year. Access to safe water and sanitation is key to controlling the transmission of the disease.

Its executive director Jessica Pwiti said: "The current cholera epidemic is a bad effect of Zimbabwe's failure to invest in and manage both its basic water and sanitation infrastructure and its health care system".

However, 16 people have died in the past week from a suspected cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe that has now spread to the Midlands province.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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