The government remains on high alert following the continued spread of cholera in Harare’s Stoneridge area and St Mary’s suburb in Chitungwiza, which has so far claimed the lives of 3 people.
At the height of the call to combat the reported outbreak of cholera in Harare and Chitungwiza, government says residents in the affected areas should remain proactive and exercise extreme caution in handling the cases.
Director Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Portia Manangazira said since early March when the first cholera case was recorded in Stoneridge, 22 cases have been recorded with 7 confirmed cases and the disease is on a rising trend leaving residents at high risk.
Harare and Chitungwiza residents say there is much talk and less action in addressing key drivers of these waterborne diseases, especially by local authorities making it difficult for them to be contained.
The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing said they are coming up with a number of frameworks including the water, sewerage and sanitation strategy and the inclusive national human settlements framework to address drivers of waterborne diseases.
Cholera, a contagious disease is highly risky, as victims can succumb to fatalities within hours.
Though emergency response teams have been activated to deal with cases that might arise, the worrying point is that the disease continues to recur in the country, especially in Harare pointing to a number of gaps which require attention and participation by relevant stakeholders.