Chitungwiza contains cholera

Chitungwiza was recording over 130 cases weekly cases as the disease wrecked havoc.

CHITUNGWIZA has emerged as a beacon of hope in the fight against cholera with zero reported cases in recent weeks.

The dormitory town had emerged as a hotspot as the waterborne disease swept through the country, claiming lives.

Cholera was first reported in February 2022 in Chegutu before spreading across the country.

According to authorities, Chitungwia has managed to contain the disease and prevent its further spread through a number of interventions such as the vaccination exercise.

Chitungwiza was recording over 130 cases weekly cases as the disease wrecked havoc.

Speaking on the sidelines of a tour on the devolution projects in Chitungwiza on Thursday, Harare metropolitan Provincial Affairs minister Charles Tavengwa said the interventions have contained the disease.

“This shows that the residents embraced the cholera vaccination programme, which we launched in Kuwadzana, Harare to prevent the spread of cholera,” Tawengwa said.

He toured St Mary’s cholera treatment centre, Zengeza, Unit C and Seke sewer line rehabilitation projects.

“I am pleased with the work that the municipality is doing here in Chitungwiza as what has been said by the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa) that the works being carried out under devolution should scale down to the lowest level so that the residents would  see that their money is being put to good use.”

Chitungwiza mayor Rosaria Mangoma said they utilised devolution funds to undertake the rehabilitation projects.

“We call for the disbursements of devolution funds to be released in time,” she said.

“Despite challenges such as delays in fund allocation, the government's support has enabled the council to procure essential vehicles and equipment including refuse trucks, an ambulance for clinics, and a firefighting vehicle from Belarus.”

Chitungwiza has been battling perennial sewer challenges due to collapsed sewer infrastructure and erratic water supplies.

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