Another case of cholera has been confirmed in Chitungwiza, bringing to 13 the total cases of cholera recorded in Harare Metropolitan Province since early March.

The first case was recorded in Stoneridge, and the government is urging people to remain alert. 

The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said Stoneridge has recorded 10 cases so far, while two cases were recorded in Belvedere and a single case was recorded yesterday in St Mary’s, Chitungwiza. 

The ZBC News crew visited the affected family and the parents of the 12 year old patient explained how their child’s health started to deteriorate. 

Another person, a member of an apostolic sect, is said to have succumbed to the disease in Chitungwiza and his family members refused to speak to the media.

Minister Parirenyatwa said the government has activated emergency response teams to deal with cases that might arise.

He added that controlling the cholera outbreak is going to be difficult if the issue of reliable water supplies is not resolved. 

Chitungwiza residents fumed at the negligence of Chitungwiza Municipality on the provision of clean water and garbage collection in the area, leaving them vulnerable to cholera.

After reports of a cholera outbreak in the area, the Chitungwiza City Council today tried to remove uncollected garbage that had accumulated over the weeks.