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200 cholera cases confirmed as government scrambles to contain spread

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By Xinhua


HARARE: Zimbabwe has at least 215 laboratory-confirmed cholera cases since the latest outbreak on Feb. 12, according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

Giving an update on the situation, the ministry said on Tuesday evening that all the country’s 10 provinces were affected, but there was no epidemiological link to each other.

“As of May 9, 2023, a cumulative total of 766 suspected cholera cases, five laboratory-confirmed deaths, 16 suspected cholera deaths, and 215 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported,” the ministry said.

Speaking at a post-cabinet meeting media briefing late Tuesday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said the government would avail funds to bolster the country’s response to the outbreak.

“Cabinet assures the nation that the cholera risk assessment, which should guide the application of the oral cholera vaccination, has been completed across the country’s 10 provinces,” she said.

“Active surveillance of points of entry and exit is continuing as part of a multi-sectoral approach in the response to the cholera outbreak.”