Zimbabwe declares state of emergency in cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe’s government has declared a state of emergency in the capital Harare after 20 people died of cholera.

CNN

At least 2000 cases have been recorded, according to the country’s health minister Obediah Moyo, who warned the disease was spreading across Zimbabwe.

“We are declaring an emergency for Harare.

This will enable us to contain the cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on, to get rid of the problem as quickly as possible,” Moyo said Tuesday while visiting areas most affected by the outbreak in the city.

Poor waste disposal systems and broken sewers which may have contaminated water sources in Harare have been blamed for the disease outbreak, the health minister said.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness that kills thousands of people worldwide each year.

In 2008, more than 4,000 people were killed in one of the worst cholera outbreaks to have hit the country, according to the World Health Organization.

UNICEF said it was assisting Zimbabwe’s government to deploy more resources to affected areas to combat the present outbreak.

“We have also alerted our regional offices and headquarters because we know this is a very serious issue, which will need quite huge investments to contain the outbreak.

We are working very hard to help the government,” UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe Mohamed Ayoya said.


Calvin Fambirai, head of Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights, called on the government to provide better waste disposal systems, particularly in densely-populated areas of the city to forestall future outbreaks of water-borne diseases.

“The conditions that necessitate the spread of cholera and typhoid in Zimbabwe have not changed since the 2008 outbreak.

They have worsened because their is no political will to tackle it,” Fambirai said.

The disease is rare in industrialized nations but it occurs frequently in many countries in parts of Africa, especially in areas with poor or inadequate water treatment, sanitation and hygiene practices.

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease is contracted by consuming food or water contaminated with the fecal bacteria Vibrio cholerae.

13 Comments

  1. Cholera, like typhoid and yellow fever are diseases linked directly to poverty…so the “new” government needs to start from there moving forward…

  2. In a sh!t hole nation like Zim, its not a surprise. The politicians are worsening the situation by meddling into council affairs. I heard that Zanu politicians demand a share of the revenue collected by the council to fund national events leaving the city fathers without money to purchase chemicals and distribute water to all areas.
    When blacks are in control, cholera will spread expeditiously and ubiquitiously. During Smith’s rule, we never heard cases of cholera.

  3. Am seeing more people dying becoz blacks who are in power are: CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT, GREEDY, USELESS, MYOPIC, SELFISH. THERE IS NOTHING MEANINGFUL A BLACK PERSON CAN DO. HAPANA CHOZIKANWA, BASA KUBA CHETE.

    1. Saka iwe kana ukaiswa, newewo unenge uri “CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT, GREEDY, USELESS, MYOPIC, SELFISH” here?

    2. This is such a close-minded comment. “THERE IS NOTHING MEANINGFUL A BLACK PERSON CAN DO.” You need to rethink your reasoning on that remark and make sure that’s not just personal prejudice being brought up. Maybe instead of berating black people in general focus on the corrupt business that can dump chemicals illegally into much needed water sources for the locals.

  4. Well said Nacido tell these bastards the truth kkkkk.

  5. The world will remember that Zanu PF had just spent one billion dollar on new cars alone for Chiefs, party candidates and officials and a host of others as part of its vote rigging and vote buying schemes. Only a week before this latest cholera outbreak, President Mnangagwa had splashed $1.4 million to charter a plane to fly former first lady, Grace Mugabe, from Singapore to attend her mother’s funeral. Just to save her “the inconvenience of a commercial flight”. And now the country is facing a cholera outbreak and it does not have money to buy medicine, many provincial hospitals do not even have working ambulance services, etc.

  6. True@Nomusa.

  7. Comment…A pink swine will remain a pink swine and will never ever change.

  8. Comment…Nacido Rico, surely a pink swine will remain a pink swine and will never change.

  9. Rico you sound like someone who hates black people a lot.If you are in Zimbabwe why Don’t leave and go somewhere. All you comments you always rant about the race and not the problem. Blacks can’t do this all that. Shame on you racist. I wish you knew how racist Smith was in Rhodesia when I was a teenager. Shame on you.

  10. Rico and his supporters are a bunch of idiots focus on the problem at hand not say Black i am black and this is is a black nation if you are not black fuck off the issue

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