In the wake of ever increasing numbers of suspected cholera cases in Bulawayo, stakeholders in the city have constituted a task force to fight the cholera epidemic.

After recording six new suspected cholera cases in the last 12 hours, the Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Cde Judith Ncube, called an urgent meeting to discuss the state of preparedness and come up with strategies of controlling the deadly disease.

Minister Ncube said her team has serious considerations on the cholera outbreak and will use all resources at its disposal to save lives.

Bulawayo City Council Director of Health Services Dr Edwin Sibanda said they are looking forward to increasing the capacity of Thorngroove Hospital to screen for cholera.

Mpilo Hospital Clinical Director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya said the province has medical supplies which are only enough to cater for not more than 100 cholera cases.

He, however, implored relevant authorities to hire more laboratory scientists as the current number is not enough.

Dr Sibanda and Dr Ngwenya urged the public to maintain hygienic practices and immediately report suspected cases of diarrhoea and typhoid to health authorities.