The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF have partnered the Ministry of Health and Child Care in fighting the cholera outbreak that has so far claimed four lives in Chegutu.
WHO representative, Dr Juliet Nabiyonga said the cholera outbreak is a regional problem that has already been reported in Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda, hence they are already on the ground to contain the disease in Zimbabwe.
UNICEF representative, Dr Mohamad Oyoya advised residence to seek treatment immediately after suspecting cases of the disease.
Obsolete water and sewer reticulation systems coupled with erratic water supplies in towns and cities has fuelled cases of cholera and typhoid.
Meanwhile, the government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care said it is working round the clock to ensure that the cholera outbreak is contained.
The diseases entered Zimbabwe after erupting in Zambia, where it killed 70 people, and the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said while all measures will be put in place, the country needs to come up with lasting solutions to the root causes of these water borne diseases.
“We have managed to contain the disease and remain on high alert especially at the ports of entry. The country’s medical teams are on the ground at the ports of entry conducting cholera screenings and running awareness campaigns and they have since stopped all vending in Victoria Falls,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.
“These are however short term measures, so there is need to address the root cause of these water borne diseases which include provision of quality water and sanitation by local authorities that the disease do not continue to recur,” the Minister added.
While it is important to understand the origins of this disease, it has become apparent that the country also has a conducive environment for cholera and other water borne diseases to recur and that needs absolute attention.