Zimbabwe's government criticized over cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC postpones mock inauguration following cholera outbreak

An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in Harare to prevent the spread of infection.

Mnangagwa reassured the nation that the health and well being of citizens will remain a priority under his administration.

The outbreak has been blamed on poor sanitation, the proliferation on food vending as well as continued lack of clean running which has forced residents, in some cases, to resort to unsafe wells to acquire the necessity.

The World Health Organization and the Red Cross has intensified their emergency responses to Zimbabwe's deadliest cholera outbreak in a decade.

Zimbabwe's largest university postponed its graduation ceremony on Friday. MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora yesterday confirmed the anniversary celebrations had been deferred to a date yet to be announced.

Prior to this outbreak, Zimbabwe had recorded a substantial decline in cholera cases (recording less than 30 cumulative cases in the last 3 years). 'WHO is working closely with the national authorities and partners to urgently respond to this outbreak'. Early this month, the MDC-T approached the High Court for and won an order forcing police to allow it to hold a rally in Kwekwe after its request had been turned down over a typhoid outbreak detected in the Midlands capital of Gweru, about 65km away.

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It is important to stress that ASF only affects pigs and wild boars, not humans, but it is a severe disease for those animals. It added: "Biosecurity in pig farms is essential and the FASFC ensures that it is permanently properly insured".

Human rights groups warned that unless urgent action was taken, the current death toll was likely to be as significant as the outbreak in 2008 when more than 4 300 people died of the water borne disease.

The current cholera epidemic is a bad effect of Zimbabwe's failure to invest in and manage both its basic water and sanitation infrastructure and its health care system.

Jessica Pwiti, the executive director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe, said it was appalling that people were still dying from a preventable disease in the 21st century.

"What we are a witnessing is a total overthrow of urban planning regulations where people are using their power to gain popularity instead of serving the people", he said.

"They have failed to give protective clothing to their health workers, but you see their top management driving state-of-the-art vehicles and going on trips to Victoria Falls, yet they are not attending to the needs of the people".

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