Speaking at a press briefing, Harare city council town clerk Tendai Mahachi said that the decision not to cut water supplies was reached after considering the plight of the people in the high density suburbs, who are hard hit by the typhoid outbreak that has not killed anyone yet but is rapidly spreading across the capital.
“We have taken a decision as the city of Harare not to ration water supplies for 24 hours a day. However, we will be cutting supplies in low density suburbs at least twice a week because the people there can afford to get alternative sources of water,” said Mahachi.
While in low density suburbs people have drilled boreholes in high density suburbs people are digging shallow wells which are contaminated by sewage seepage.
Mahachi hinted that steps would be taken to ensure that the water sources are clean and this could include closing wells.
Speaking at the same conference Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Henry Madzorera said that there remains a critical need to deal with the causes of commutable diseases such as typhoid.
“We urge the government to ensure that resources to refurbish the water, sanitation and sewerage infrastructure are made available as a matter of emergency. This is the most cost effective way of dealing with the menace of cholera, typhoid and other diseases.” Said Madzorera.
The current typhoid outbreak that is still more pronounced in Harare has been traced to poor sanitation in the food that is sold by vendors and not necessarily water supplies as was the case in 2009 when a cholera outbreak struck.
“We will continue population wide and Harare specific messaging on diarrheal diseases and other water-borne conditions currently affecting the country. The local authority must improve the management and collection of liter, a major contribution to contamination of the food being sold by street vendors,” said Madzorera.Post published in: Health