THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) says it will be deploying various teams comprosing of medical doctors to monitor the Cholera situation which has already claimed five lives in Glenview while more than 20 are still being hospitalized.
In a statement, ZADHR, implored government to urgently work towards establish a Cholera task-force that will comprehensively come up with actionable plans to deal with the resurgence of diarrheal illnesses in Zimbabwe.
” The ZADHR is deeply concerned with the recent cholera outbreak in Harare and other towns and cities. ZADHR bemoans the continued loss of lives to cholera, typhoid and other diarrheal illnesses in Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe has over the years been a central figure on the world cholera map, together with other war torn or collapsed states. It is deeply worrying that the central and local government authorities have not moved with speed in allocating time, human and financial resources towards finding a lasting solution to the persistent outbreak of diarrheal illnesses in Zimbabwe”
ZADHR also bemoned the state of service delivery ranging from water supply, refuse collection and sewer reticulation which has continued to deteriorate, exposing citizens a grave danger mostly in urban and peri-urban communities.
“ZADHR, therefore, calls upon the government of Zimbabwe to urgently appoint a national taskforce comprising of Ministry of health, local government, civil society, residents’ associations and other stakeholders that will comprehensively come up with actionable plans to deal with the resurgence of diarrheal illnesses in Zimbabwe.
“ZADHR also calls upon for the government of Zimbabwe to accurately declare the gravity of the current outbreak and if needed invite international humanitarian aid to curb any continued loss of life from cholera.
“ZADHR will urgently deploy teams of doctors throughout the country to complement existing medical staff and monitor the current outbreak.”