‘Prevent continued Typhoid and Cholera outbreaks’- Council urged

By Edward Makuzva

The government and Harare City Council have been urged to prevent waterborne diseases Typhoid and Cholera outbreaks from recurring.  Oxfam Country Director Mr Machinda Marongwe said the number of new cases of infections has been going down from over 25 per day in Mbare to zero for the past three weeks although there was an upsurge that only occurred during the holiday period.

“Although a decreasing trend has been recorded and no new cases have been recorded to date, however, the predisposal factors responsible for the outbreaks are still prevailing,” said Marongwe.

Marongwe added his organization is part of the Emergency Strategic Working Group chaired by Ministry of Health in Partnership with UNICEF responsible for providing strategic and tactical support to these ongoing efforts by working closely with the city of Harare.

“These efforts are in recognition of the right of citizens to an environment that is not harmful to their health and wellbeing as provided in  section 73 of the Zimbabwean Constitution.

“Oxfam further encourages the government of Zimbabwe to promote these provisions to by taking appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of water borne diseases particularly typhoid and cholera.”

Marongwe highlighted the water borne disease outbreak are not just a health issue but also lead to human suffering as they have associated social and economic implications.

The country director expressed concern over the continued bursting of sewer pipes and overflowing effluent resulting in unsafe water and poor sanitation which are an affront to the enjoyment of the rights to a safe environment and to health by residents. Oxfam has offered to rehabilitate the plumbing infrastructure at Matapi Block 10 in Mbare high density suburb of Harare.

Meanwhile, Marongwe urged residents to lead in promoting and maintaining good hygiene behaviour practices at home. Workplaces and public spaces to avoid unnecessary health burden on the institutions that supports them.