With overcrowdedness in Zimbabwe’s prisons , the cholera vaccination programme is to be extended to prison inmates and prison officers in the next couple of days to contain the spread of the epidemic , a World Health Organisation official said on Thursday.
The World Prison Brief ranks Zimbabwe number 18 for having the most number of prisoners in Africa with 19 521 inmates.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an Outbreak reporting workshop in Mazowe on Thursday, WHO Vaccination Expert Dr Marc Poncin said Harare prisons will not be left out.
“Because cholera is very very deadly, it is a priority to vaccinate inmates and prison officers. So within the next days, we are going to vaccinate around 9 000 inmates, in the different prisons of Harare,” he said.
The Vaccine was done to be safe in Zambia. The vaccination program’s phase two started yesterday in nine suburbs which were left out in the first phase.
The 1, 4 million vaccines being rolled out were funded by WHO and GAVI and amounted to US$2, 8 million.