A diarrhoea outbreak that stalked Chinhoyi over the past three weeks is now being contained, with cases decling.

According to a daily diarrhoea update report compiled on 9 August, the outbreak hit a high of 38 cases on 26 July, before the figures dropped to below 10 on the 5 August.

The daily cases were recorded at Chinhoyi, Chikonohono and Mzari clinics with the town council now compiling cases for the week ending 14 August.

Indications from the Health Services Director, Dr William Mayabo were that the cases have significantly dropped following health education campaigns carried out following the outbreak.

“We have started line-listing at our clinics, especially among those five years and below. We are trying to isolate causes of diarrhoea among children. Our water is tested daily and I think the problem is emanating from poor storage of the water or those using water from unprotected sources,” he said.

Chinhoyi has been facing crippling water shortages which the local authority attributed to load-shedding.

However, power supplies have improved over the past week, raising hopes of improved water availability.