Cholera outbreak: state of emergency declared in Zimbabwe

Cholera outbreak: state of emergency declared in Zimbabwe

CHOLERA: President Mnangagwa has urged all residents of affected areas to exercise extra care with hygiene

A STATE of emergency has been declared in Zimbabwe after more than 20 people died from cholera in the last week.

Public gatherings have been banned in the capital Harare as part of the authorities’ efforts to quell the spread of the disease.

More than 2,000 people have been infected from drinking contaminated water so far.

Schools have also been shut and the sale of meat and fish by traders in areas affected by the outbreak has been temporarily prohibited, The Guardian reported.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, the president of the republic of Zimbabwe, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from the cholera outbreak, and the loved ones of those we have lost. In order to contain the outbreak and mobilise resources we have declared a state of emergency in Harare, and are working closely with our international partners.

“I urge all residents of affected areas to exercise extra care with their hygiene and follow the instructions of the authorities as we seek to contain and overcome this outbreak. We are working tirelessly to control the situation and hope to communicate progress in due course.”

Cholera outbreaks have been a common occurrence in Zimbabwe due to the country’s outdated water and sanitation infrastructure. A decade ago, more than 4,000 people died after the disease spread across Zimbabwe.

It is understood that this current outbreak has been caused by blocked sewers.

Cholera, a water borne disease, can be prevented by taking precautions such as washing hands thoroughly with clean water, only drinking water from safe sources and storing clean water in covered containers.

If it is not treated, it can prove fatal within hours.

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