Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Zimbabwe Needs $35 Million To Fight Worst Cholera Outbreak In A Decade

Zimbabwe Needs $35 Million To Fight Worst Cholera Outbreak In A Decade

The fund was launched by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Ministry of Health and Child Care to fight the cholera outbreak that has so far claimed over 30 lives.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday said his government was working on replacing the old sewer infrastructure installed by the Rhodesian regime, which was constantly bursting in Harare, leading to the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as the deadly cholera epidemic. "We will continue to support the Harare City Council in its programs meant to sanitize Harare, because the council does not have enough powers to be doing all the work alone".

On Sept. 16, 2018, a vegetable vendor in Harare says she refuses to leave her business as she has no other sources of income with Zimbabwe's unemployment rate said to be around 85 percent.

Critics in the opposition say the government is quick to find money to import luxury vehicles using scarce foreign exchange but has had to appeal to individuals and companies to fight cholera. "You will be receiving our assistance soon", said Mnangagwa.

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"The situation is better now".

Just days after this plague was reported in Algeria, this new outbreak that prompted Zimbabwe to issue health emergency in Harare shows that African countries need to urgently elaborate a coordinated strategy to eradicate the plague, which has already been eliminated in many regions in the world.

According to reliefweb.int, this cholera outbreak is the second since a 2008-09 epidemic claimed nearly 5,000 lives. It only stopped after global organizations such as USAID, Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and United Nations agencies including UNICEF and the World Health Organization provided medicine and water treatment chemicals.

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