Cholera cases in Mt Darwin have risen to 159 with government expressing the need for more material resources to contain the spread of the disease.

However, no new deaths have been reported so far.

The Civil Protection Unit at district and provincial level are working flat out to contain the spread of cholera assisted by several non-governmental organisations but more material resources are required.

Mashonaland Central Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Senator Monica Mavhunga told the ZBC News that 3 000 litres of diesel and 1 000 litres of petrol are required for carrying out awareness campaigns and ferrying water, as well as more human resources, food, blankets and building materials to set up a blair toilet at the Manondo cholera camp.

“Water is the major problem at the camp and at the hospital,” she said.

Once the cholera outbreak is contained government plans to ensure organised mining at Mukaradzi by permitting only registered claim holders and their workers while gold panners destroying Mukaradzi River will be barred from the area.

“We want organised mining at Mukaradzi and we ensure only those who are registered are permitted to mine in the area,” said Minister Mavhunga.

The cholera outbreak which started on Sunday has been attributed to unhygienic conditions at Mukaradzi mining area.

Miners were evicted from the area a month ago but began trickling back recently.