News of the South HARARE- Zimbabwe has found it back on the global cholera radar as the death toll rose to 13 while 106 have been hospitalised.
Acting director for health service in Harare Clemence Duri confirmed these statistics on Sunday adding that seven people died at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital, four at home and two on arrival at other health institutions.
“The number of people infected with cholera continues to rise.
“As of yesterday we had four deaths in the community, two were brought in dead and seven who died at the institution.
“The number of people who have been admitted due to cholera was 106 and they were admitted at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital,” Duri said.
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) cried foul over poor service delivery and also bemoaned Zimbabwe being a central figure on the world cholera map together with other war-torn or collapsed states.
“The state of service delivery ranging from water supply, refuse collection and sewer reticulation has continued to deteriorate, thereby posing a grave danger to inhabitants of most urban and peri-urban communities.
“It is deeply worrying that the central and local government authorities have not moved with speed in allocating time, human and financial resources towards finding a lasting solution to the persistent outbreak of diarrheal illnesses in Zimbabwe,” they said.
ZADHR pledged to urgently deploy teams of doctors throughout the country to complement existing medical staff and monitor the current outbreak.
“Government should urgently appoint a national task force comprising of Ministry of Health, Local Government, civil society, residents’ association and other stakeholders that will comprehensively come up with actionable plans to deal with the resurgence of diarrheal illnesses in Zimbabwe,” ZADHR added.
World Health organisation Data reveals that in 2016 Zimbabwe was listed as a cholera hotspot, alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Mozambique, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti.