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‘Midlands free of typhoid’


A SENIOR Health ministry official has said there are no reported cases of typhoid in Midlands province, dispelling rumours that over 40 students from Fletcher High School had been hospitalised.


Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa
Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa

The rumour mill was awash with claims that some students at the school had been admitted at Gweru General Hospital and were undergoing treatment for the waterborne disease that is wreaking havoc in Harare.

Provincial medical director, Simon Nyadundu said no cases of the disease had been reported in the province.
“There are no cases reported in Midlands, but we should all be on high alert,” he said.

Provincial education director, Agnes Gudo could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The Health ministry recently reported that a total of 2 225 suspected cases were reported nationally with 85 of these confirmed positive, while nine deaths were recorded.

Harare contributed 76% of the overall reported cases and Health minister David Parirenyatwa blamed the local authority for the outbreak.

Critics, however, blame the government for failing to address key economic issues that have a direct bearing on the health system, causing waterborne diseases during every rainy season.

In 2008, Zimbabwe experienced one of the worst cholera outbreaks in recent years that claimed 400 lives until international organisations came to the rescue. The latest typhoid outbreak has left two people dead and dozens hospitalised.

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