Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe puts Francistown on alert

Nyangabwe Hospital staff is said to be on high alert after reports that there is yet another cholera outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Reports indicate that the latest outbreak has so far claimed 5 lives.
The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Caiphus Gabana, said on Friday that they are aware of the situation and have sufficient equipment and medication to tackle the threat. He added that on Monday, the Infection Control Team will look into how best they can disseminate information to the people in Francistown and surrounding areas.

Gabana added that since cholera is caused by bacteria, it is vital that the public is always cautious and alert to its symptoms, like vomiting and diarrhea.

At the moment, there are no cholera cases in Botswana. He added that they would work hand in hand with the Francistown City Council to keep an eye on the problem.

For her part, Francistown City Council spokesperson, Priscilla Gulubane, said that the public should not panic because the situation has not yet filtered through into Botswana.

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