Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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Zimbabwe cholera deaths rise to 25

Zimbabwe cholera deaths rise to 25

She said given what happened in 2008 when more than 4 000 people lost their lives due to another outbreak of cholera, it boggles the mind that the country is still to put in place the necessary emergency response systems.

The outbreak has been blamed on poor sanitation, the proliferation on food vending as well as continued lack of clean running which has forced residents, in some cases, to resort to unsafe wells to acquire the necessity. "We should all be seen to be fighting this cholera menace".

The CWGH, among other healthy lobby groups, are confident that President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration will go well beyond the appending of signatures to declarations, but revisit the various declarations over the past 40 years, and carry forward what worked but critically analyse why Zimbabwe fell short of health goals and thus sent a significant number of Zimbabweans to ill health, disability and early graves, when all these could be avoided.

"I also call on local authorities to ensure responsive, efficient and consistent waste management systems in all areas throughout the country".

Zimbabwe's largest university postponed its graduation ceremony on Friday.

A notice signed by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Mapfumo, said the Friday 14 September 2018 event had been deferred to a date to be advised.

However, some students who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity complained over the late notice, saying they had used a lot of money to bring some relatives, with some coming from rural areas.

Prior to this outbreak, Zimbabwe had recorded a substantial decline in cholera cases (recording less than 30 cumulative cases in the last 3 years).

UNICEF is a key partner in the Inter-Agency Coordination Committee for Health (IACCH) chaired by the Ministry of Health and Child Care with Secretariat support from WHO.

The International Red Cross in Zimbabwe on the other hand also added that it has deployed more than 1,000 volunteers to contain the outbreak.

"Unless urgent action is taken, the death toll of this current epidemic is also likely to be significant".

"It is appalling that in 2018 people are still dying of such a preventable disease", Jessia Pwiti, Amnesty's executive director for Zimbabwe, said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The cholera outbreak that we are having right now is as a result of negligence by council". If you can't prioritize funding public health in the midst of a crisis, we are going nowhere very quickly.

Chideme said combined efforts were needed in order to combat the spread o cholera.

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