Typhoid kills nine, 370 fresh cases reported

The ministry of Health and Child Care says a new outbreak of typhoid, a waterborne disease, has killed nine people while 370 fresh cases were reported in Harare, Mutare and Chegutu.

Portia Manangazira
Portia Manangazira

The ministry’s weekly surveillance report blamed municipalities inability to provide safe drinking water to residents. Ministry of Health and Child Care, Portia Manangazira, said poor water supplies was the major cause of typhoid.

"We have been barking for a long time now that water be supplied to people if we are to combat typhoid, but it seems decisions haven't been made to improve people's lives.

"The moment adequate water isn't supplied, it becomes difficult to maintain personal hygiene, to cook healthy food and everything else that has to do with water. At the end of day, water-borne diseases become rampant," said Portia Manangazira, the director of epidemiology and disease control in the ministry.

24 430 cases of dysentery, another water borne disease, and a related 76 deaths have been recorded so far this year while diarrhoea accounted for is 358, 391 reported cases and 573 deaths.

Zimbabwe is struggling to provide potable water due to poor service deliver by cash-strapped councils, with some suburbs going for months without supplies.

Municipalities are struggling to procure water treatment chemicals and to upgrade obsolete purifying equipment.

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