Sunday, November 20, 2011

Typhoid spreads in Zimbabwe - 20th Nov 2011

Cases of typhoid are quickly spreading in Harare and many people have been admitted at the Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital in the capital.

The bacterial disease, which spreads most easily through dirty water, causes vomiting, fever and diarrhea. The public have been urged to maintain hygiene in order to prevent the situation from worsening. The public is warned to abstain from buying food products being sold in the open.

The Harare City Council Health director, Prosper Chonzi said that although no death have been reported, fears of typhoid spreading is a cause of concern due to lack of water supplies.

The typhoid attack comes as residents of different suburbs are already on high alert of the potential cholera outbreak, which is spread after consumption of dirty water. Most suburbs have been experiencing severe water shortages while other residential sites have not had water for a long time.

Many boreholes were sunk in 2008 after the deadly outbreak of cholera in which more than 4000 lives were lost. The worst affected areas were Glen Norah, Budiriro and Glen View, and these areas are still facing serious water shortages.

Several pressure groups recently petitioned finance minister to increase funding for health care as Zimbabwe is signatory to the Abuja declaration of 2001 in which African leaders agreed to allocate at least 15% to 20% of annual national budgets in order to improve the health delivery system. Read More