Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

FILE Mthuli Ncube at the World Economic Forum Meeting on Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in May 2013

A nurse takes care of a cholera patient during a visit of Zimbabwe Minister of Health, at the cholera treatment centre of the Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital, in Harare, on September 11, 2018.

An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in Harare to prevent the spread of infection.

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society volunteers perform a cholera awareness drama for school children.

Harare has also requested for drinking water from agencies under United Nations as well as from private organization.

More than 4,000 people were killed by the disease during an outbreak in Zimbabwe a decade ago.

The MDC is in charge of the Harare City Council which is accused of failing to provide running water and collect rubbish from residential areas regularly while government has also been fingered for being the author of the current macro-economic hardships that has brought poverty among Zimbabweans and made it hard for local authorities to function flawlessly.

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"I urge all residents of affected areas to exercise extra care with their hygiene & follow the instructions of the authorities", Mnangagwa said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. Early this month, the MDC-T approached the High Court for and won an order forcing police to allow it to hold a rally in Kwekwe after its request had been turned down over a typhoid outbreak detected in the Midlands capital of Gweru, about 65km away.

Under former leader Robert Mugabe, who was in power from Zimbabwe's independence in 1980 until being removed from office by the military late past year, corruption and economic mismanagement were endemic.

"What is more important is for the councils to make sure that sanitation in their area is up to date and that water is clean". The cholera outbreak in the country was announced on September 1 and about 21 people have died so far and some 3,000 are getting infected now.

Prevention and Control at the 68th session of WHO's Regional Committee for Africa. "But no lessons were learned from the 2008 epidemic and the outbreak and deaths we're seeing now is symptomatic of a still broken-down sanitation infrastructure and poor sewer management, worsened by shortages of drugs and medical supplies".

THE cholera death toll has surged to 25 with four people said to have succumbed to the highly infectious disease on Thursday alone.

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