Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
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Police ban public gatherings after cholera outbreak

Police ban public gatherings after cholera outbreak

Zimbabwean law broadly defines a public gathering as "a public meeting or a public demonstration". "The number of deaths is now 25", Health Minister Obadiah Moyo told journalists.

The current outbreak was initially reported in Gweru last month and has since spread to other parts of the country including Harare where more than 15 people have been confirmed dead.

One school was closed in Glen View. Since then, water and sanitation infrastructure has been collapsing.

In another statement to the State media, ZRP Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, said in the same vein the government has with immediate effect banned illegal food vending in Glenview, Budiriro and in the CBD, where food is sold in street corners, vehicle boots or back offices. We're working very no longer easy to assist the authorities", UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe Mohamed Ayoya talked about.Calvin Fambirai, head of Zimbabwe Clinical doctors for Human Rights, known as on the authorities to present better raze disposal systems, namely in densely-populated areas of the metropolis to forestall future outbreaks of water-borne ailments."The instances that necessitate the unfold of cholera and typhoid in Zimbabwe hang no longer modified since the 2008 outbreak.

The ban could affect a rally by the main opposition on Saturday where the party planned a mock inauguration for its leader Nelson Chamisa whom supporters say was robbed of victory in elections on July 30.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, the president of the republic of Zimbabwe, said: "My thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from the cholera outbreak, and the loved ones of those we have lost".

A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill.

Cholera, a water borne disease, can be prevented by taking precautions such as washing hands thoroughly with clean water, only drinking water from safe sources and storing clean water in covered containers.

"The current cholera epidemic is a bad outcome of Zimbabwe's failure to invest in and manage both its basic water and sanitation infrastructure and its health care system", said Jessica Pwiti, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe, in a statement released Wednesday.

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