At least 36 recently said to have been admitted at the Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital for treatment (file photo).
By Elita Chikwati
The number of people who have died of cholera has risen coming from 28 to 30 as Government, Harare City Council, the police in addition to additional stakeholders continue to make concerted efforts to curb the spread of the disease amid calls to declare the pandemic a state of disaster.
Government has increased the supply of water, drugs in addition to additional non-food materials to affected areas.
the item is usually monitoring the situation.
Health in addition to Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo yesterday confirmed the death of two more people.
Recorded cases have reached 5 463.
“The total number of deaths has risen by two to 30 people who have died of cholera. Control measures remain in place.
“We are increasing water supplies in addition to medication to the affected areas following assistance coming from various partners. We have also received drugs in addition to protective clothing,” said Dr Moyo.
He commended the Harare City Council in addition to the police for removing illegal food vendors coming from the streets.
Dr Moyo said development partners were assisting with provision of water bowsers, medical supplies in addition to additional non-food items.
“The containment plan continues. Everything is usually in place in addition to we continue to monitor the situation,” he said.
Government last week declared the cholera outbreak in Harare a state of emergency due to the rising number of people dying or falling sick coming from the bacterial infection.
In a statement yesterday, Local Government, Public Works in addition to National Housing Minister Cde July Moyo said because of the magnitude of the public health emergency, a recommendation had been made to President Mnangagwa to declare the cholera menace a state of disaster.
“Subsection (1) of Section 27 of the Civil Protection Act Chapter 10:06 provides which if at any time the item appears to the President which any disaster is usually of such a nature in addition to extent which extraordinary measures are necessary to assist in addition to protect the person affected or likely to be affected by the disaster in any area of the country, the President may in such a manner as he considers fit, declare which with effect coming from a date specified by him, a state of disaster exists within an area or areas specified by him inside declaration.
“The City of Harare is usually facing a plethora of challenges, notably insufficient safe water supplies, frequent sewer pipe bursts, uncollected refuse in addition to rampant illegal vending. This kind of has negatively impacted on public health inside city exposing residents to diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, an upsurge in typhoid fever cases in addition to sporadic outbreaks of cholera,” he said.
Minister Moyo said there was need to put in place strategic measures to manage the drivers of these outbreaks, notably water supply situation, the dilapidated sewer systems, waste management in addition to illegal vending challenges.
“Given the foregoing demonstration on the magnitude of the public health emergency a recommendation has been made to His Excellency, the President, which the cholera menace in Harare Metropolitan Province in addition to any additional parts of the country be declared a state of disaster,” he said.
The current cholera outbreak was first reported in Glen View in addition to Budiriro.
Cases linked to the Harare outbreak have been reported in some parts of Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, the Midlands in addition to Masvingo.