More Cholera Vaccine Doses Expected on Sunday

Government will on Sunday receive 900 000 doses of vaccines to combat the cholera pandemic bedeviling Harare. By Kudakwashe Pembere So far there are 500 000 doses in Government’s possession to be used in vaccinating people in affected areas. This brings the total number of vaccines to 1, 4 million within a space of one week. The outbreak which to date has claimed 49 lives was declared an emergency disaster last month by Health and Childcare minister Dr Obadiah Moyo. Government today launched the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro…

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Emergency Cholera Indaba On The Cards

A Cholera symposium is set to be held in Harare, on October, 5 2018 to deliberate and proffer lasting solutions to the water infrastructure crisis in urban environments which is believed to be the major driving force behind the recurrence of medieval diseases such as Cholera and Typhoid.   By Michael Gwarisa The conference which is being organised by a group of local and foreign based Zimbabwean engineers and new ZBC radio station, Classic 263 will draw participation from players in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector as well…

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Stanbic Donates US$70 000 Worth of Cholera Kits

STANBIC Bank has responded to the obtaining cholera epidemic by donating goods worth US$70 000 to the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) to fight the cholera scourge which has ravaged the Capital city.   HealthTimes Reporter Speaking during the handover event, Stanbic Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Palmer Mugavha said cholera was not a government  issue alone and as an organisation, they had taken it upon themselves to intervene through any means possible. “As a bank we saw it fit to assist the government because this epidemic…

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Harare Battles Worst Cholera Strain…cases nearing 10000 benchmark

THE prevailing Cholera epidemic which has claimed 49 lives and infected 9779 others, is probably the worst cholera epidemic the country has ever experienced as it is  a confection of Typhoid, Cholera and Salmonella hence making it difficult to cure using available antibiotics, Harare City Health director, Dr Clemence Duri has said.   By Michael Gwarisa The co-infection nature of the current strain has made it multi drug resistant mainly to the first line of antibiotics and health personnel have since upgraded to the second line of antibiotics called Azithromycin…

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NetOne Rolls Out SMS Campaign To Fight Cholera

THE country’s second largest mobile network operator, NetOne has initiated an SMS campaign meant to raise funds towards combating the obtaining cholera epidemic which has claimed not less than 35 lives and infected 7800 others.   By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to Journalists on the side-lines of a NetOne organised clean-up campaign in Budiriro, the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr Brain Mutandiro said the SMS campaign would also compliment the one million  litres of water they have donated to the Cholera epicenters in Budiriro, Mbare and Glenview. “We are demonstrating…

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Luxury Vehicles Put On Hold…Gvt Allocates Funds Towards Cholera Fight

FINANCE and economic development minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube says government has put on hold most items including the purchase of luxury vehicles and allowances for cabinet ministers and legislators to direct finds towards fighting cholera which has now recorded 7000 cases. By Michael Gwarisa The developments comes at the back of a US$35 million funding gap from the required US$64 million to combat the cholera epidemic. Addressing Journalists in the capital this afternoon (19/09/18), Prof Ncube said government has poured in US$15 million towards the cholera fight as a commitment…

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First Lady Donates Towards Cholera

FIRST Lady Amai Auxilia Mnagagwa through her charity organisation, Angel of Hope has made a donation towards the fight against Cholera, as the battle to contain Cholera intensifies.   HealthTimes Reporter Speaking at the handover event, Angel of Hope board Chair, Mrs Chipo Mtasa said in as much as they might not cover everything in terms of availing resources to combat cholera, they were committed to extending a helping hand in whichever way possible. “Last week on Wednesday Amai came here at the Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital (BIDH) and she…

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Zim Cholera Prevalence High In Women

THE prevailing cholera epidemic which according to latest statistics has recorded 6533 suspected cases and 35 deaths wears a gender face according to the Harare City health department with preliminary figures indicating a 51% prevalence rate in women against 49% in men.   By Michael Gwarisa Giving an update on the epidemic, Harare City Health director, Dr Clemence Duri said there was a conspicuous infection discrepancy between men and women amidst indications that the first cholera death which was recorded at Beatrice Infectious Disease Hospital (BDIH) was a 25 year…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Clears Air On Cholera Financial Donations…As Death Toll Reaches 35

THE Zimbabwe government has appointed the Finance and Economic Development ministry as the sole custodian of all financial donations towards Cholera while the ministry of health and child care shall be handling commodities and other essential donations, Local government minister, July Moyo has said. By Michael Gwarisa The move comes at the back of a cholera epidemic which has claimed 35 lives and infected an estimated 6533. Briefing government, city council and partners, Minister Moyo who is also the chair of the inter-ministerial committee on cholera said they had been…

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#BREAKING: City Of Harare Fires Officials For Inflating Cholera Kits Prices

HARARE City Council has fired officials belived to be inflating prices of goods and services to be used in the fight agaist cholera, Healthtimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa The city fathers said the Harare Acting Town Clerk Eng Hosiah Chisango this morning suspended some officials suspected of inflating prices for goods and services to be used in the fight against cholera. “Eng Chisango has since informed Mayor Cllr Herbert Gomba and relevant stakeholders.”   …More Details To Follow

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