By Staff Reporter

Cholera declared national disaster

Cholera declared national disaster

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By Staff Reporter

Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has declared the Cholera outbreak in Harare a national disaster after 20 people have been pronounced dead so far, including two children from Glen View 5 Primary School.

Dr Moyo made the declaration soon after touring Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital to assess the situation and state of admitted patients.

20 other school children from Glen View 5 Primary School have taken ill and government has temporarily suspended lessons at the school until Harare City Council restores water supplies in the area.

Meanwhile, Capitalk100.4 FM news spoke to Harare Resident’s Trust Executive Director Mr Precious Shumba this morning and he said the City of Harare was to blame following their failure to address sewerage reports for the past three weeks owing to an ongoing strike within Council.

In response, acting Harare City Health Director Dr Clemence Duri dismissed the allegations saying all burst sewer pipes that had contaminated underground water had been repaired.

“The sewer that was blocked and had collapsed has been fixed. There’s machinery at Glen View 3 trying to correct the system. We had ordered that all contaminated boreholes should be closed and people should stop vending. People need to practice proper hygiene.”

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