zvidzai 23.08.10.jpgThe Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development has embarked on an anti- cholera programme in areas which were hard hit by the pandemic to assess the preparedness of all stakeholders who are expected to respond in the event of an outbreak.

Under the programme, the ministry’s officials are assessing the water situation, sanitation facilities as well as the state of preparedness of the district civil protection units in the event of cholera outbreaks which usually occur during the rainy season.

Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Deputy Minister, Mr Sesel Zvidzai says from the preliminary assessments made so far in Chegutu, Nembudziya, Beitbrigde and Chipinge the local authorities have made progress in availing clean water and the rehabilitation of the sewer infrastructure though power outages remain a major challenge.

“We have been assessing progress made by local authorities in ensuring that residents are provided with water regularly while sewer infrastructure rehabilitation is done on time. The only challenge is that of power outages as supply of water is interrupted,” said Mr Zvidzai.

The programme is also assessing the reactive and preventive aspects of a disaster particularly at local authorities and the state of the hospitals, with indications that the programme will be concluded in Chitungwiza and Harare.

The country was hard hit by a cholera outbreak in 2008 and 2009 which claimed many lives as most local authorities were failing to provide clean water and proper sanitation facilities.

In Haiti, over 250 people have died of cholera which is transmitted mainly through drinking contaminated water and the unsanitary conditions the people are being exposed to.