By Audience Mutema
Newly-elected Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba on Friday said authorities were in the process of shutting down some food vendors in parts of Harare’s high density suburbs in the wake of a devastating cholera outbreak that has since claimed five people.
He was speaking during a tour of Harare’s Glen View suburb where the cholera outbreak started.
“Immediate action must be taken by the council; that is to close food outlets that are prone to the spreading of cholera and to collect waste as well as urgent attendance to sewage bursts and educate people about cholera not isolating Glen View only but also other high density suburbs,” he said.
Authorities said Thursday that five people have died while 36 others were hospitalised at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases hospital following the outbreak.
On Friday, Gomba took a tour of Glen View Polyclinic where those with suspected symptoms of the deadly disease were being attended to.
He was accompanied by the councillor for the area as well as Glen View MP Vimbai Tsvangirai Java.
George Mutawa, a city council doctor in charge of Harare’s South Western district took time to brief the mayor on the state and causes of the outbreak.
These he said, included sewage bursts which had not been attended to for a long time, poor hygiene and sanitation as well as a poor water system which has left residents consuming often contaminated municipal water or turning to boreholes and unprotected wells to survive.
Gomba said council was geared to working hard to prevent the further spread of the disease.
During his tour, the mayor visited homes of those who died of cholera in the high density suburb to console the families.
He later donated some groceries to the families of those who died of the disease.
At the late Mbuya Mukuze home, Gomba donated some groceries to the family.
He donated some more groceries to another family he also visited.