More than 100 cases signifying a typhoid outbreak have been recorded in the north-western suburbs of Harare, amid fears that more cases are going to be reported due to the perennial water problems which have hit the area.
The typhoid outbreak has hit Dzivarasekwa, Tynwald South and Good Hope, with 99 cases having been recorded at Dzivarasekwa’s Rujeko Clinic and 123 cases at the Beatrice Infectious Disease Hospital.

Harare City Council North-western District Medical Officer, Dr Albert Mpambo confirmed the outbreak and said the first case was reported at the clinic on the 21st of October and since then more people have been to the polyclinic for treatment.

City Heath director, Dr Stanley Mungofa said the typhoid outbreak is a cause for concern considering that the areas affected are hard hit by water shortages.

Dr Mungofa said urgent calls have been made to government and other technical partners for additional resources.

He however said efforts are under way to sink more boreholes to augment clean water supplies in the affected areas.

He also said in the meantime, huge gatherings at places which do not have sufficient ablution facilities are being discouraged as this might fuel the spread of the disease.

Early last year scores of residents in Mabvuku were affected by typhoid  because of the perennial water shortages in the area.

Typhoid symptoms include a high fever, profuse sweating and diarrhoea or constipation.