Cholera has been dealt with: Govt

Health and Child Welfare Ministry officials say the government has successfully curbed over 1 000 cases of cholera recorded during the first half of this year, while indicating that measures have been put in place to contain another outbreak of the disease.

According to Ministry reports, cholera cases recorded in the first six months of the year reached 1 140 and 45 deaths countrywide with Manicaland contributing 80 percent of the statistics.

The Head of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health, Dr Portia Manangazira, said the ministry had declared the fight against the diseases over, but urged people across the country to remain on high alert.

“As a Ministry we have done everything to contain the disease and we are happy to say that we have won the fight. We last recorded cholera cases in week 25 and now we are in week 39 and that essentially means the outbreak is over,” said Dr Manangazira.

“However, we like to urge members of the public to continue practicing high levels of hygiene because the diseases might recur owing to the wet season that we are approaching.”

Dr Manangazira also challenged members of the public to be cautions when harvesting rain water, saying that cholera was often spread through such practices.

“It is important for the public to ensure that the water they are harvesting is clean, if not, it is a prerequisite that they use water cleaning agents such as chlorine,” she said.

Commenting on diarrhoea, Dr Manangazira said her department had commenced preparations for the vaccination exercise for children under the age of five.

“Our plans to vaccinate children for rotavirus are at an advanced stage and we are going to conduct it through Expanded Programme on Immunisation,” said Dr Manangazira.

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