Zanu resists health aid

Zanu (PF) stalwarts have been interfering with the work of health teams from various non-governmental organisations dispatched in Chitungwiza to administer treatment for the typhoid outbreak.

Health workers who spoke to The Zimbabwean said they were being harassed by some Zanu (PF) supporters who accused them of being aligned to western donors.

“I was threatened by one party member who told me if I continued visiting his home, he would make me suffer,” a health worker who refused to be identified said.

Cases of typhoid were reported to have risen to 162 in Harare and Chitungwiza by Wednesday last week. The outbreak is blamed on inadequate water supplies.

Some residents were threatened with violence by wel-known Zanu (PF) youths who terrorised MDC supporters in the 2008 election run-off.

Officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Chitungwiza Municipality and representatives of non-governmental organisations met in Chitungwiza to discuss intervention strategies.

“Politicising humanitarian issues is unfortunate. Cholera and typhoid don’t discriminate. Drink contaminated water and as sure as the sun rises from the east you are likely to contract the diseases,” said Herbert Chipiyo from Unit N in Seke.

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