Government Intensifies Cholera Outbreak Response

By Staff Reporter

Cabinet has resolved to continue the multi-sectoral approach to address the cholera outbreak that is currently gripping the nation.

Speaking during a post cabinet press briefing in Harare, acting Information Minister, Jenfan Muswere said Government will among other issues address water and sanitation problems.

“Cabinet is informing the nation that a cumulative 154 317 suspected cholera cases have been reported on the African continent, with 2 747 deaths, reflecting a Case Fatality Rate of 1.78%. Zimbabwe has so far recorded 2 076 cases, with 1 942 recoveries and 15 deaths, reflecting a Case Fatality Rate of 2.3%. All ten provinces have reported cholera   suspected cases.

“In light of the continued increase in cholera cases, Cabinet has resolved as follows: that the multi-sectoral approach to responding to the cholera outbreak be continued with a focus to address water and sanitation; and that the Ministry of Health and Child Care, working closely with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, intensify timely releases of funds to facilitate the cholera comprehensive response,” said Muswere

He said Manicaland, Harare and Matabeleland South Provinces contribute 83% of the country’s cases to date.

Cholera confirmed deaths have been recorded in Harare (3), Manicaland (8), Mashonaland Central (2), Mashonaland West (1) and Masvingo (1).

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