S. Africa issues cholera alert following outbreak in neighboring Zimbabwe

Outstretched hands reach out for limited water supply from tap

The cholera outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare on September 5, has prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the capital.

Minister Moyo said it is worrisome that 21% of the cases reported are children under five and projections are indicating that cases in Harare with a population of about 2 million people can easily rise to more than 10 000 suspected cases.

"Though I can not articulate we now admire contained the disease as yet, we are exciting immediate in all provinces of the country", health minister Obadiah Moyo told the state-owned Sunday Mail.

The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to 24 with first-line antibiotics struggling to treat the disease which has spread from the capital, a World Health Organisation report said Thursday.

Moyo said rubbish dumps would be removed from high-risk areas of Harare, sewer pipes would be repaired and street food vendors had been ordered to halt work.

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Authorities have banned public gatherings in the city as a health measure, forcing the opposition MDC party to call off a major rally on Saturday.

In a statement, the organization said its goal was to strengthen the coordination of the response and mobilize national and global health experts to form "a cholera surge team". Government officials have been accused of misusing public money, including allegedly purchasing new vehicles for cabinet members. While the country has faced epidemics in the past, the 2018 crisis is made worse by the fact the disease has proven unresponsive to drugs typically used in its treatment.

The Committee said the government's "failure to guarantee the right to health" was a serious violation of both local and global law.

Cholera outbreaks admire befell gradually in Zimbabwe as authorities fight to make potable water and sanitation products and companies.

Ten years ago, an outbreak of the infection killed more than 4,000 people and at least 100,000 were sick.

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