Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Second typhoid outbreak reported in Zimbabwean capital

A second outbreak of typhoid, a disease associated with the consumption of contaminated water, has been reported in parts of Harare again.

The high density suburb of Warren Park, just three minutes drive from the central business centre of the capital, has reported at least 200 cases of the disease in the last few days.

Dr Prosper Chonzi, the director of health for the Harare City Council, has admitted that the typhoid outbreak took place although he tried to downplay the phenomenon on national television this week.

He, however, cautioned residents not to use suspected contaminated water.

He urged people to boil their water before use if they suspected it to be contaminated.
The last outbreak of typhoid in Harare was a few months ago and more than 500 cases were reported in the high density suburbs of Mabvuku, Tafara, Glen View and Budiriro.

Residents of Harare have not had adequate supply of clean water for several years and this is attributed to the serious financial problems that the city fathers are facing.

Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda has pointed out on several occasions that the council needs money to rehabilitate the old water pipes and other equipment inherited from the colonial days and money is also needed to buy chemicals to treat the water before it is released to the consumers whose numbers are on the increase daily.

The shortage of water has forced many residents to sink shallow wells and, as a result, some of the water from these wells is not suitable for human consumption.

UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador in Zimbabwe, musician Oliver Mtukudzi appears on national television almost daily these days urging people to treat their water with tablets before use so as to avoid water borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.


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