CHOLERA Emergency In Zimbabwe After 20 Deaths


A cholera outbreak has taken 20 lives in Zimbabwe, in the capital Haare and extended to other parts of the country. It resulted in over 2,000 cases of infection due to local water.

Outside Haare, cases have been spotted in Masvingo, Manicaland, Midlands, and Mashonaland Central provinces.

Zimbabwe authorities declared it a national emergency and are taking proper action. Unfortunately, the current economic crisis and the lack of resources weights down the process. The government can’t predict how long it will take to contain the disease.

The memory of the last cholera outbreak causes significant concerns. Zimbabwe suffered the biggest human loss – 4,000 victims. The year 2008, the peak of the economic crisis, witnessed 40,000 people infected with the virus.

In the past, Haare authorities made repeated efforts to provide water systems for suburbs. The unsuccessful attempts directed the residents to other unsafe sources of water, as open wells or dug boreholes.

Why Is Cholera Called The Blue-Death?

Cholera is a bacterial disease that can kill a previously healthy individual in a matter of hours. The microbe called Vibrio cholerae produces a loss of body fluids due to vomiting and diarrhea. The dead person skin can turn blueish-grayish due to massive dehydration. The treatment consists of antibiotics and rehydration therapy, which can be simply water with salt.


What Steps Are Taken To Stop It?

Mayor Gomba pledged in an interview to erase the outbreak.

Someone slept on duty and this is one of the problems we must tackle as Zimbabwe. This whole problem has arisen as a result of blocked sewers. The other problem is that garbage hasn’t been collected on a regular basis. There are water problems, no water availability. Now we have the whole of Glen View and Budiriro being affected.

  • The meat and fish products from the illegal sellers were banned, with the police support.
  • The classes had been suspended in the affected areas after the institutions recorded two deaths amongst students.
  • The Haare city requested portable water supply from the United Nations.

Christian Lindmeier, the WHO spokesman, affirmed the agency endeavors to keep cholera under control and vaccines would be soon available.



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