25% health facilities lack water

The United Nations says about a quarter of Zimbabwes health facilities lack reliable water supplies, raising fears that they may not adequately respond to potential outbreaks of water-borne diseases.

The UN Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster said a recent assessment of clinics around Zimbabwe by the UN Childrens Fund (UNICEF) had revealed that 300 of the 1 200 facilities surveyed had inconsistent or limited water supplies.

The cluster is alerting relief agencies to the reported water supply difficulties so that organisations operating in affected districts can assess the situation and work to address potential problems, it said.

The news of the irregular water supplies brings memories of last years deadly outbreak of cholera, which was described by the World Health Organisation as Africas worst in more than a decade.

The outbreak claimed more than 4 300 lives and infected close to 100 000 people between August 2008 and July when the government declared that it had ended.

New cases of the disease have already been reported since the beginning of last month.

At least 29 cases were detected in the Chipinge district of Manicaland, with several more reports expected during the forthcoming farming season which begins in November.

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