Government issues cholera, typhoid alert as the economy implodes

Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa

ERRATIC water supply in Harare and other cities poses a serious danger of an outbreak of water-borne diseases, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said yesterday as he issued a Cholera and Typhoid alert.

Harare has confirmed 60 cases of typhoid so far. The National Microbiology Reference Laboratory has also confirmed three other typhoid cases in Mutare and Masvingo.

Harare City Council recently introduced a five-day water rationing schedule forcing residents to turn to the bush. Some are digging shallow wells as taps are dry.

“This is an emergency because once you do not have enough water it impacts on sanitation and once you have poor sanitation you are already inviting water borne diseases,” said Dr Parirenyatwa. He warned of a potential outbreak of diseases like Cholera and Typhoid.

“The impact might not be serious now but when it rains and there are flash floods, all this dirt will be washed away into shallow and unprotected water sources. This is when you see an increase in water borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

He said his Ministry engaged experts from the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate to try and find workable solutions. Dr Parirenyatwa said they were told that drilling boreholes was not a solution.

“I understand from the Ministry of Water that if we continue to sink more boreholes, the water table is also depleted even more. We just hope that there would be rains soon and when we finally receive the rains, please do not drink water from shallow wells and treat water from unprotected sources at the point of use,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

He said Government was on high alert and health teams have been activated. “We are very alert. We want our people to know that now is the time to be very careful of the water they drink otherwise we will have a severe outbreak of typhoid, cholera or diarrhoea.

“Our people must be very alert. If the water is suspicious let us boil it at the point of use,” said Dr Parirenyatwa. According to Harare’s rationing schedule, middle and low-density suburbs are enduring up to five days a week without water. Supplies to Chitungwiza have also been reduced from 27 to 15 mega litres a day.

This has worsened the already bad situation in the dormitory town.

Chronicle

Related Posts
Strict laws drive W-African women to dangerous, illegal abortions
From crowded cities to far-flung villages, women with unwanted pregnancies across West Africa are resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortions – driven by shame, stigma and restrictive laws. Many pregnant women ...
READ MORE
Precious Lives Lost as Blood Prices Too High for Poor Zimbabweans
HARARE—Faced with worsening economic challenges and growing unemployment, Zimbabwe could be losing lives unnecessarily daily due to the high cost health care, including the steep cost of blood, which remains ...
READ MORE
Doctors, nurses’ fight escalates
HARARE - Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) has scoffed at the unrestrained attack by Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), describing the remarks as not representative of the doctors’ fraternity. At the centre ...
READ MORE
Paramedics Life saving angels
When we make way for a speeding ambulance to reach to its intended destination at the earliest possible time, we usually think of the patient being ferried to hospital; rarely ...
READ MORE
US agency approves ‘female Viagra’ with strong warning
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - The first drug to treat low sexual desire in women won approval from U.S. health regulators on Tuesday, but with a warning about potentially dangerous low blood ...
READ MORE
Longevity? Here’s Mugabe’s advice
Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has just turned 91, said on Thursday that one of his secrets to a long life was “not filling my stomach”. In a televised ...
READ MORE
‘Slow govt procurement worsening drugs shortage’
HARARE - The health ministry has expressed concern over government’s “slow” procurement system, which it said has become an obstacle in the fight to curb drug shortages. This comes as the ...
READ MORE
Zimbabwe children still at great risk of HIV/AIDS, new data shows
BULAWAYO, - Janet Dube knows the pain of raising a child born with HIV. Her four-year-old son is one of an estimated 170,000 children living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, and figures ...
READ MORE
A Cannabis plant is pictured at the "Weed the People" event as enthusiasts gather to celebrate the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb are likely to be born smaller than those not exposed, and more likely to need intensive care after birth, according to a new ...
READ MORE
Doctors David Ghozland and Marc Winter make an incision in the belly button of a 49-year-old woman, Sheryl, who had two fibroids, in preparation for a single-site robotic-assisted hysterectomy at miVIP Surgery Center, in Los Angeles, California April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
HARARE—Zimbabwe on Thursday joined the international community in marking World Kidney Day amid concerns over the increasing number of people affected by non-communicable diseases. World Kidney Day is a global health ...
READ MORE
Strict laws drive W-African women to dangerous, illegal
Precious Lives Lost as Blood Prices Too High
Doctors, nurses’ fight escalates
Paramedics Life saving angels
US agency approves ‘female Viagra’ with strong warning
Longevity? Here’s Mugabe’s advice
‘Slow govt procurement worsening drugs shortage’
Zimbabwe children still at great risk of HIV/AIDS,
Marijuana use in pregnancy tied to health problems
Zimbabwe Records Alarming Increase in Number of Kidney

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Where To Stream Drake’s ‘More Life’: Playlist Will Be Available On Spotify And Amazon

17th March 2017 Staff Reporter 0

After a long wait, Drake’s next project, “More Life,” is finally releasing on Saturday. Originally believed to be an Apple Music exclusive, it’s now looking like the playlist will also be available on other streaming […]

Arts & Entertainment

Rick Ross Feuding With Birdman, Nicki Minaj? Listen To New Album ‘Rather You Than Me’

17th March 2017 Staff Reporter 0

Rick Ross released his new album “Rather You Than Me” Thursday and took some shots at Birdman and Nicki Minaj. In the song, “Idols Become Rivals,” the MMG star dissed rapper Birdman for not paying his artists […]