Cholera : Cuban medical brigade to help stop outbreak in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC postpones mock inauguration following cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC postpones mock inauguration following cholera outbreak

In 2008, more than 4,000 people were killed and 100,000 more infected when a cholera outbreak that began in Harare spread to other parts of the country.

Authorities have banned public gatherings in the city as a health measure.

A Cholera outbreak that has rocked Zimbabwe's capital Harare in recent weeks has reportedly forced the University of Zimbabwe to postpone its graduation ceremony that had been slated for Friday.

"While the deferment is purely on health grounds, beyond the control of the university, the institution, however, has had no reported case of cholera and is now deemed safe", Mapfumo said.

WHO, on the one hand, said it is providing kits that contain oral rehydration solution, intravenous fluids and antibiotics as the outbreak expanded quickly in Harare.

The MDC had planned the event to highlight its claims that the July 30 election was rigged and that Chamisa was the rightful president, rather than President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF.

"There is resistance to the first-line medicine, relevant medicines should be purchased as a matter of urgency as soon as resistance patterns have been ascertained", the situation report from WHO and the health ministry recommended.

The cholera outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare on September 5, prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city.

"There is also a lot of movement of people between Harare and rural areas, and we're very anxious this could drive a very rapid spread of the disease".

Cholera is a major public health problem in the African region and just two weeks ago Health Ministers from the region committed to ending cholera outbreaks by 2030 by implementing key strategies.

"What is more important is for the councils to make sure that sanitation in their area is up to date and that water is clean".

Informal housing areas without running water have mushroomed, and basic infrastructure has collapsed due to years of neglect.

Cholera outbreaks have occurred regularly in Zimbabwe's cities as authorities struggle to provide potable water and sanitation facilities.

The area is vulnerable to cholera because of inadequate supplies of safe piped water, which has led people to use alternative unsafe supplies such as wells and boreholes.

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