Zimbabwe On High Alert Over Cholera…As Cholera Terrorises Zambia/Malawi

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenaytwa says Zimbabwe is on high alert over the prevailing Cholera outbreak obtaining in Zambia and Malawi with Zambia having recorded more than 2000 cases already.

By Michael Gwarisa

In an Interview with HealthTimes, Minister Parirenaytwa said Zimbabweans need not panic over the prevailing cholera crisis in Zambia and Malawi as government has already dispatched Choelra surveillance and monitoring systems to avoid spillage of the disease into Zimbabwe.

“We are aware that there is Cholera particularly in Lusaka and because of our nearness to travelling between Zimbabwe and Zambia, we are very alert. We have already alerted our border posts that anybody who is very ill, we take particular care.

As you know we have already making surveillance on Typhoid, that’s the same preparedness or surveillance is what we are using for Cholera. So we are very prepared as a country that as soon as it happens, we pick it up. We are encouraging our people not to travel unnecessarily to Lusaka, we are not banning travel to Lusaka and we are not saying should not come from Lusaka but we are saying they should be on high alert,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

A patient with cholera receives medical attention at St. Nicholas hospital in Saint Marc, Haiti, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. An outbreak of cholera in rural central Haiti has killed at least 142 people and sickened hundreds more who overwhelmed the hospital in Saint Marc seeking treatment. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

He added that all our border posts are very alert to that including the Nyamapanda boader post.

Zimbabwe experienced record breaking cholera outbreak which claimed not less than 4000 lives in 2008 owing to poor water and sanitation systems and exposure to unsafe drinking water.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya has reported that Cholera cases have continued to propagate in most parts of Lusaka and also that some districts outside the capital have continued recording sporadic cases that are linked to Lusaka.

Zambia’s Health Minister, Dr Chitalu Chilufya (Picture Credit Lusaka Times)

Cumulatively, we have recorded a total of 2205 cases and in the last 24 hours, we did not record any deaths which is a commendable feat.

In Malawi, Cholera has killed four people, and more than 150 others are hospitalized.


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