stanley mungofa 03.08.10.jpgThe Harare City Health Services Department has dismissed some media reports that cases of cholera have been detected in Harare’s Mbare suburbs.

 

The Department has described reports in a local daily that cases of cholera have been detected in Mbare as false and malicious.

 

City Health Services Department Director, Dr. Stan Mungofa said no cholera cases have been reported in Mbare, adding that even cases of diarrhea have in fact been on the decline.

 

“Cholera is characterised by watery diarrhea and if you look at the data provided it is clear that diarrhea cases are on the decrease.

We do not know where this is coming from….the city is on high alert though as we are in the rainy season,” Dr Mungofa said.

 

ZBC News visited Mbare where residents dismissed the reports saying no such cases have been reported in the area.

 

“As a Mbare resident, I am actually surprised to read such falsehoods in the press,” one resident said.

 

Despite no cholera cases being reported in Harare, concerns have been raised over council’s sporadic refuse collection which residents feel might lead to an outbreak especially during this rainy season.

 

Already 69 cholera cases have been confirmed in Mashonaland West and Manicaland provinces in the last two weeks.