Category: Health

Concern over lack of cholera centre in Beitbridge

Health authorities in Beitbridge district have been criticised for non-convincing claims that they are setting up a cholera treatment centre as a contingent measure in case of any outbreak in the border town. While presenting a report to a visiting delegation led by Beitbridge East legislator Cde Albert Nguluvhe, Beitbridge Medical Officer Dr Lenos Samhere said the cholera treatment centre will be ready by this Friday. This, however, did not go down well with Senator Tambudzani Mohadi who argued that more should have been done by now. Senator Mohadi challenged the district health team to move with urgency considering...

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Govt thanks well-wishers

Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has expressed gratitude to well-wishers and corporates who have quickly responded to appeals for assistance to fight the cholera and typhoid outbreak in Glen View and Budiriro which is fast escalating. At a news conference which was also attended by well-wishers from the Presidential Charity  Fund and Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone provider Econet, and Mutare based vehicle manufacturing company Quest, the Ministry of Health and Child Care received donations in kind worth US$10 million from Econet Wireless and US$100 000 from the Presidential Charity Fund. Quest Motors presented a three and...

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Corporate sector on drive to avert spread of cholera

The country’s corporate sector is making various interventions to combat further spread of the cholera epidemic which has killed scores of people in Harare. In Glen View, the epicenter of the cholera epidemic in Harare, OK Zimbabwe donated thousands of bottles of water guard aimed at providing clean water to the residents. OK Zimbabwe public relations manager Mr Simbarashe Chaburuka said they were motivated to chip in to avoid the further loss of lives. “We as a company resolved to help in this time of need because providing clean water is important to avert the crisis,” he said. In Budiriro 1 high density suburb, residents of the area were being taught of ways to prevent the spread of cholera in the handywash campaign sponsored by Uniliver. Chief Executive of Unilever Mr Hillary Muzondiwa who took part in the campaign said this is their way of averting the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. This week government declared Harare a state of emergency after more than 20 people succumbed to cholera in the capital. Further, government has banned public gatherings and urged people to maintain high standards of hygienic...

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Cholera outbreak: Gwanda on high alert

Gwanda Provincial Hospital has handled over 25 cases of diarrheal diseases over the past week although none has been confirmed to be cholera or typhoid. Gwanda Provincial Hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Puggie Chimberengwa has allayed fears that the district has been hit by the deadly cholera epidemic following an upsurge in cases of diarrhoea in the past week. Dr Chimberengwa revealed that the more than 25 people who received treatment for diarrhoea at the health institution reside mostly in Gwanda’s high density suburbs and the surroundings mines.  “We recently had two patients that were in the ward one from...

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Let’s unite against cholera: First Lady

The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa and two cabinet ministers have visited cholera patients at Beatrice Infectious Hospital in Harare following an outbreak that has so far claimed 21 lives. The cholera outbreak in Harare and other parts of the country is a setback to the country’s economic development plan. Amai Mnangagwa, who is the ambassador of healthy, was accompanied by the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obediah Moyo, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Professor Paul Mavhima, Health Permanent Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji and several officials from the health ministry when he visited the hospital....

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