No Cholera in Zim: WHO

There is no cholera outbreak in the country as reported in some sections of the media, says World Health Organisation country representative Custodia Mandlante.

Outbreaks of diarrhoea have occurred, and Mandlante said the permanent solution to these lay in government investment in the dilapidated water infrastructure throughout the country.

“We had an unprecedented outbreak of cholera in 2008 and we do not want a repeat. This was caused by the dilapidated infrastructure. There is no cholera in Zimbabwe I want to emphasise that. What was discovered in Kadoma is diarrhoea that is affecting mainly children and the main cause of that diarrhoea is rota virus. We have applied for the vaccines from France – because this is curable,” she added.

Last week there were reports that cholera has broken out in Kadoma Masvingo and some parts of the country raising panic among Zimbabweans.

Some of Harare’s high density suburbs have gone for a week without water, raising further fears of a cholera outbreak and bringing back fresh memories of the 4 000 people across the country killed in the 2008 outbreak.

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