CHOLERA CRISIS ‘TIP OF THE ICEBERG’ FOR ZIMBABWE:UN


Fast-spreading cholera is “the tip of the iceberg” of what stands to be a major health crisis in Zimbabwe, United Nations agencies said on Friday.

zim-now-2Nearly 400 Zimbabweans have died from the disease, which has infected more than 9,400 people and spread to neighbouring South Africa and Botswana. Zimbabwe’s health system has collapsed as political crisis has worsened a catastrophic economic decline.

A lack of clean drinking water and adequate toilets are the main triggers of Zimbabwe’s epidemic of the preventable and treatable diarrhoeal disease that can be fatal, especially in children, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said there are very few places where people infected with cholera in Zimbabwe can seek medical care, and the clinics that are open have far too few health workers to contain the outbreak.”Cholera is only the tip of the iceberg in Zimbabwe. The health system is very weak in this country,” she told a news briefing in Geneva.

International aid groups are building latrines, distributing medicines and hygiene kits, delivering truckloads of water, and repairing blocked sewers across Zimbabwe to mitigate the cholera emergency.

SOURCED FROM REUTERS.

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