President Emmerson Mnangagwa has applauded health care workers deployed at cholera treatment centres, who are working flat out to contain the disease, saying the government will award the workers a risk allowance in appreciation of their selfless dedication to duty.
President Mnangagwa made the remarks when he addressed Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital staff members this Wednesday.
President Mnangagwa, who was accompanied by his two deputies, cabinet ministers, the Mayor of Harare, senior government officials and some Zanu PF Politburo members, also toured Glenview Polyclinic this afternoon.
Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital is being used as the referral centre and is catering for serious cases referred from the other two cholera treatment centres in Harare.
When the President visited the hospital, there were 35 patients admitted at the health facility.
After assessing the situation at the hospital and getting an appreciation of the intricate work that the health workers are undertaking to ensure that no more deaths are recorded because of cholera, President Mnangagwa commended the staff members for their selfless dedication and promised that the government will award an allowance to all health workers dealing with the outbreak.
According to the Harare City Health Department, the number of suspected cholera cases that are being recorded at the three cholera centres in Harare is going down.
On Tuesday, Glenview Polyclinic recorded 208 suspected cases, Budiriro 125 cases and Beatrice Road Hospital recorded 160 suspected cases, bringing the total cumulative figure to 7063 suspected cases in Harare, 55e laboratory confirmed cases and 32 deaths.
Most of the areas affected by cholera such as Harare and the Midlands Province are experiencing a dual outbreak of both cholera and typhoid.