Category: Health

Govt launches cholera appeal

The government has launched an appeal for nearly $60 million to help fight the Cholera outbreak that has so far claimed 30 lives in Harare and one in Masvingo. The number of laboratory confirmed cases has risen to 53, while more than 5500 suspected cases of cholera have now been recorded. The appeal document will be sent to embassies in Harare, the business community and will also be made available to the general populace by tomorrow (Tuesday). Launching the cholera funding appeal at a meeting attended by members of the diplomatic community, the business community and government representatives, the...

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Outrage over cholera fund abuse attempts

The government has condemned the reported actions of some suppliers and council officials who inflated prices of various goods and services following Econet’s announcement of a $10m fund towards the fight against cholera. Econet owner, Mr Strive Masiiwa took to his Facebook page to express displeasure over the ‘sad’ actions and promised to name and shame those trying to profiteer from the cholera misfortune. The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo confirmed receiving reports of council employees who are inflating prices and said corrective measures will be taken. “Reports came to my office...

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Cholera outbreak update: Min July Moyo speaks

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Cde July Moyo says government, together with the Harare City Council, has scaled up their rapid response in curbing the spread of cholera in the Harare Metropolitan province. In a statement released this afternoon updating the nation on the progress made so far, Minister Moyo said his ministry, together with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, has engaged private partners to supply affected areas with clean water, assist in refuse collection and mend burst sewer pipes. He added that the government has since released $6.7 million for urgent...

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Byo intensifies fight against cholera

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...

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Harare, SAfAIDS on cholera awareness campaigns

The Harare City Council working together with Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) have embarked on a cholera awareness campaign programme targeting busy shopping centres in high density areas. Music is one of the important modes of communication. The City of Harare and SAfAIDS are working together to eliminate cholera through the most effective ways of communication using road shows. Residents in Budiriro at Current shopping centre benefited from the campaign programme. Meanwhile, SAfAIDS country programmes Mr Nakai Nengomasha said they are targeting high risk areas to ensure a zero cholera status is achieved. The use...

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