Unilever Intervenes In Gweru Typhoid Fight

UNILEVER, through its brands Lifebuoy and Domestos, will engage in an awareness campaign in Gweru to educate people on health and sanitation following a Typhoid outbreak which has claimed seven lives so far with an increasing number of cases being reported at local clinics and hospitals. HealthTimes Reporter The campaign will encompass visits to clinics, hospitals and community meet-ups to educate residents on hand-washing techniques, effective toilet cleaning and general health care with the hope of helping to reduce the spread of the outbreak. “We saw it fit to help people…

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Minister Declares Gweru Water Unsafe To Drink

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa has declared Gweru water unsafe for drinking. He made the announcement yesterday when he visited Gweru Provincial Hospital, the treatment camps and Mkoba Polyclinic in Gweru. “To date, 200 patients are admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital and some are being treated and monitored at Mkoba1 and Mkoba Polyclinic. The outbreak is said to have been caused by a burst sewage pipe that has contaminated the city’s drinking water making it unsafe for consumption. Boreholes around Mkoba have also been…

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Kadoma Health Scare…As Council Neglects SQ Residents

“Young kids are exposed to sex at a very young age as they share a room with their parents and they watch everything….”   The chatter of kids playing, punctuated by the strong stench of sewage water flowing through the streets repulsively embraced us as we made our way into one of Zimbabwe’s oldest high density suburb of Rimuka in the Single Quarters (SQ) and the General Barracks (GB). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Kadoma A right turn from the main road into the  SQ and GB areas under Ward…

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New Settlements Sources of Diarrheal Diseases In Harare

MUSHROOMING new settlements have been identified as the biggest source of medieval water borne and diarrheal diseases in Harare, acting director health services, Dr Clemence Duri has said. By Michael Gwarisa Giving an Overview of Diareahal diseases in the City at the World Hand Hygiene day celebrations, Dr Duri said the city was battling to contain the rise in diarrheal ailments especially in new settlements around the city as residents in the respective ares use shallow wells and other unhealthy water sources. “Harare continues to struggle with mideaval water borne…

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Harare needs permanent solution to Typhoid outbreaks- CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa THE City of Harare needs to find a permanent solution to the recurring Typhoid outbreaks which have troubled the city since beginning of this year, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike has said. Harare recently registered cases of Typhoid In Mbare, Matapi flats amid growing skepticism and doubt over the City of Harare’s capacity to resolve the issue in the short term. “The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) urges the Harare City Council (HCC) to urgently address the key drivers of typhoid in…

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Typhoid under control: Minister

By HealthTimes Correspondent  The Ministry of health has allayed fears of a possible typhoid outbreak following reported cases in Harare, insisting that mechanisms have been put in place to curb the spreading of the disease. In an interview yesterday after touring Matapi Clinic in Harare where 123 typhoid patients were screened, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said the typhoid outbreak that hit Mbare, Harare, in the last few days is now under control, but urged all residents to be vigilant as they remain under threat of contracting…

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Harare Now an Ancient City…As Harare Tops In Typhoid Cases

By Michael Gwarisa  THE city of Harare now resembles an ancient town as it lacks the characteristics and requisites of a modern day city due to poor planning and recurrent diarrheal diseases like Typhoid and Cholera which were most prominent during ancient times. Typhoid was first discovered in 1880 in New York City but is also believed to have existed around 430 BC in Greece where it almost wiped out a whole army. Briefing a Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Public Dialogue meeting on Recurrent Outbreak of Typhoid and…

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Hatcliff Residents Use Chlorine Tablets For Washing Clothes

“We thank CWHG and the City Health department for installing these inline chlorinates, we are now assured that we wont have abuse of tablets as they are enclosed in the Chlorinators…..” By Michael Gwarisa RESIDENTS in Hatcliff area in Harare are using Chlorine tablets meant for purifying water as washing soap despite the  area having been declared a hot Typhoid zone due to the  Typhoid outbreak which swept across the area early this year, HealthTimes can reveal. These revelations were made by Hatcliff Councilor Naboth Manyengera during a Clean-up campaign…

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Council Must Do More To Contain Typhoid: Experts

SOURCE: The Herald  Failure by Harare City Council to provide basic water and sanitation services to its residents is fuelling the outbreak of water borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera, health experts have said. Water-borne diseases, the experts said, were primitive in this era. As such, the specialists called for the city to venture into private partnerships with developmental partners in order to resuscitate infrastructure which is failing to cope with the growing population. The sentiments by the experts come after the death toll from typhoid in Harare has…

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Typhoid claims 10 in Zimbabwe: Health ministry

Harare – Typhoid has claimed another victim in Harare, bringing to 10 the number of deaths from the disease in Zimbabwe since October, the health ministry says. Eighty-six cases of typhoid were reported in just one week beginning March 5, the ministry says in its latest update. Typhoid cases haven’t just been confined to Harare: there are also typhoid infections in Hurungwe, about 120km from the capital, and Mazowe, which lies about 85km away. Recent heavy rains across much of the country have raised fears of intensified disease outbreaks. Typhoid…

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