CHOLERA CASES ON THE RISE
There is growing panic among ordinary Zimbabweans that the rising cases of cholera may signal a potential repeat of the disastrous outbreak of 2008 which killed more than 4 000 people nationwide.
This comes as the residents of Chitungwiza are particularly at great risk of contracting the disease, as the town has run out of water — forcing authorities and humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International to scramble to put in place an emergency treatment centre in the area to try and mitigate the spreading of the epidemic.
MSF has also brought water bowsers into Harare’s dormitory town for use by officials screening people for the highly-infectious disease.
“The situation obtaining on the ground is sad and unpalatable. As we experience the cholera outbreak in Chitungwiza, the town is operating without its own water source, hence it is forced to entirely depend on Harare for potable water.
“The state of preparedness by the local municipality to deal with these unfortunate eventualities is very limited.
“The situation is further exacerbated by the fact that the health staff at Chitungwiza Central Hospital is on a go-slow. This exposes the population of the town to water-borne diseases,” Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (Camera) director Marvellous Kumalo said.