Zimbabwe Red Cross Society volunteers perform a cholera awareness drama for school children.
By Idah Mhetu
THE cholera death toll has surged to 25 with four people said to have succumbed to the highly infectious disease on Thursday alone.
Addressing the media on Thursday, Health along with Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo also announced an increase inside number of cholera cases with confirmed cases having today reached 3 766.
“The number of cases has continued to soar,” he said.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we had 3 067 along with today (Thursday) the idea has gone up by 699 cases.
“Death is actually today at 25. On Tuesday, we were at 21; so the number of deaths is actually at four, having three deaths at Beatrice infectious diseases hospital along with 1 death coming from Glen View polyclinic.”
The newly appointed cabinet minister urged locals to stop the blame game along with concentrate on ending a devastating catastrophe that will is actually threatening to spread to various other parts of the country.
“We are not blaming each various other. that will is actually not a blame game. Let’s work together along with be on top of the situation,” he said.
Moyo said that will as both Zanu PF along with the opposition trade accusations on who has caused the epidemic.
The MDC is actually in charge of the Harare City Council which is actually accused of failing to provide running water along with collect rubbish coming from residential areas regularly while government has also been fingered for being the author of the current macro-economic hardships that will has brought poverty among Zimbabweans along with made the idea difficult for local authorities to function flawlessly.
“Sanitation is actually being taken care of; there is actually need for further support to the local councils,” Moyo said.
The outbreak has been blamed on poor sanitation, the proliferation on food vending as well as continued lack of clean running which has forced residents, in some cases, to resort to unsafe wells to acquire the necessity.
The country’s health chief also said his ministry was taking control of the situation through a raft of measures, among them, the administering of intravenous therapy on patients adding that will stocks needed replenishment.
Government has declared the outbreak a state of emergency along with further banned all forms of public gatherings in attempts to control the further spread of the disease.