In a statement released by the Council’s health department, the City Fathers said investigations are ongoing to establish the aetiological agent as well as to control the spread of both diseases.
Bulawayo City Council has released a statement informing residents that there is an Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Disease which is currently concentrated in Luveve but slowly spreading to other areas.
The Council further warned the residents that if they fail to report cases related to the disease they will be arrested without warning.
Read the full statement below:
We write to inform you that there is an Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Disease in Bulawayo, mainly in the Luveve Clinic catchment area, but some cases may be reported elsewhere. This comes as the City is also facing the Global Pandemic of COVID-19. Investigations are ongoing to establish the aetiological agent as well as to control the spread of both diseases.
The City of Bulawayo Health Services Department (HSD) requires your cooperation and assistance in ensuring that cases are diagnosed early and measures are put in place to prevent the spread of this formidable disease within the national statutes and guidance. In the event of a suspected case you are advised not to give antibiotics before stool specimen is collected.
In an outbreak diarrheal or related diseases are notifiable disease under the Public Health Act and as such you mandated by law to inform the Director of Health Services (DHS) in your area of operation of any infectious diseases, and diagnostic tests conducted for such in order to cause the expeditement of appropriate epidemic response mechanisms within 24 hours.
Failure to do so is a contravention of the Public Health Act Chapter 15:17; Part IV: Section 46- 50; pages 469-471 and will render you liable to prosecution without further warning. Your cooperation in the above will be greatly appreciated.
Source – Bulawayo24 News
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