Civil society organisations say the continued outbreaks of typhoid in the capital call, not just for introspection by the city fathers in delivering constant supplies of clean portable water and timely refuse collection, but mainly a change in attitude by urban dwellers.

 As part of efforts to control typhoid outbreaks in the city, stakeholders came together in search of lasting solutions.

 There was an agreement that communities need to be properly trained on waste management initiatives to prevent cases of typhoid recurring.

 Speaking during a typhoid fever and environment health awareness launch held in the Highfield district, Father Clifford Nhetekwa of the new Highfield Parish Catholic church concurred with programme manager Caritas Takura Gwatinyanya that it is critical for communities to be properly trained on waste management initiatives to prevent cases of typhoid recurring.

The City of Harare committed to its continued efforts to ensure the outbreak is contained with a group of diasporans who formed an organisation called the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group also handing over health promotion materials during the launch.

Communications and public relations director of the organisation Mr Washington Mashanda said their thrust is to initiate a plan to help curb waterborne disease outbreaks.

Acting district medical officer City of Harare Dr Michael Vere revealed efforts are being made by the local authority to ensure the outbreak is contained. 

Residents from Highfield and surrounding areas who attended the launch got hygiene promotion materials which are expected to help ensure a sustainable health environment  in the community.