Harare City Sets Aside ZW$3million For WASH

ABOUT ZW$3 million has been earmarked for water, sanitation and hygiene projects in cholera hotspots to be on guard against further outbreaks in this year’s forthcoming rainfall season, a Harare City official says. By Kudakwashe Pembere Harare Mayor Counsellor Herbert Gomba told HealthTimes that they have sourced bowsers to prepare the City. We have sourced bowsers and made money available to prepare our city for the upcoming rainfall season. “We have set aside $3 million Zimbabwean dollars as Council and seeking for more from donors,” he said. Reflecting on the…

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385k Get Cholera Vaccine in Chipinge and Chimanimani

ABOUT 385 000 people in Cyclone Idai affected areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge received the oral cholera vaccine as of Wednesday, UNICEF has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere The cholera vaccination initiative which commenced last week is a preventive measure to avert a possible cholera outbreak in the affected areas. The target is to administer the oral vaccine to over 480 000 people in the affected areas aged 12 months and older. “As we approach the end of Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign in the two #CycloneIdal affected districts, Chimanimani and Chipinge.…

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#BREAKING: One Million Get Second Dose Of Cholera

OVER one million people received the second dose of the cholera vaccine in Harare, Epworth and Chitungwiza suburbs as , HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere The second dose of vaccination began on March 25 ending on April 2, 2019 and those who have been vaccinated are protected from cholera for the next three to five years. In an interview with HealthTimes, WHO vaccine consultant Dr Marc Poncin said according to their preliminary results they had an administrative coverage of over 90 percent. “The number of doses administrated in Harare during…

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#BREAKING: Cholera Vaccine for Chimanimani and Chipinge

  THE Health and Childcare Ministry has requested over 470 000 cholera vaccines to cover Chimanimani and Chipinge, the hardest hit areas in Zimbabwe by Cyclone Idai, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere The vaccination program is targeting areas positioned close to Mozambique where cholera cases have been reported. In an interview, Health Ministry Epidemiology and Disease Control  Director Dr Portia Manangazira said given closeness of Zimbabwe’s eastern neighbor to the affected areas of Chipinge and Chimanimani, they need 475 000 vaccines. “So we have already requested about 475 000…

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Second Cholera Vaccine Dose Out Next Month

A second dose of the cholera vaccine will be administered to the public in the next 30 days, a Cabinet official has said.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Despite the cholera epidemic having been controlled,  a number of latest cases  continue be recorded in communal areas with latets having been detected in Mutoko. Over 50 people succumbed to the water borne disease across the country with the majority of deaths reported in Glen View and Budiriro which was the hotspot. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said in an…

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#BREAKING: 79 Confirmed Cases Of Cholera in Mt Darwin

THE cholera situation obtaining in Mt Darwin is slowly getting out of hand, amidst indications  that 79  cases tested positive over the past 48 hours, while three deaths have already been recorded. By Michael Gwarisa in Mt Darwin Mt Darwin District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr George Mapiye said the situation was getting out of control as new cases were continually coming in from Mukaradze a gold mining community. “79 cases have so far been reported while 3 deaths have been confirmed already. One died while on his way to the…

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#BREAKING: Cholera Claims 2 In Mt Darwin

AT least two people have died from what is suspected to be Cholera in Mt Darwin while 26 others have been hospitalised, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa in Mt Darwin The suspected cholera cases are emanating from a mining community of Mukaradzi, 25 kilometres outside Mt Darwin town. Briefing Journalists, Mt Darwin District Nursing Officer (DNO), Mrs Anna Chinyemba said they started receiving cases on Sunday all from the same epicentre. “We are having a diarrhoeal problem, people are presenting symptoms of what we suspect to be cholera. The…

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NetOne Takes Cholera Cleanup Campaign To CBD

Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator NetOne on Thursday held a clean-up campaign in Harare CBD as part of its efforts to intensify the fight against Cholera. By Kudakwashe Pembere This clean-up campaign comes hot on the heels of the first one done in Buduriro a month ago. The company having pledged a cent per every SMS sent on their platform, they also donated several water tanks in the affect areas of Budiriro and Glen View to mention but these hotspots. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the clean-up…

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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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