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Zimbabwe - 50 cases of typhoid per day

2012-01-31 19:49

Harare - Zimbabwe is reporting up to 50 cases of typhoid per day and has treated more than 1 500 people in an outbreak blamed on poor water and sanitation facilities, the health minister said on Tuesday.

"By the end of December 2011, more than 1 500 cases had been seen and treated," Henry Madzorera told a news conference in the capital Harare.

"An average of 30 to 50 cases are reported on a daily basis."

The bacterial disease is transmitted by contaminated food and water. Since the current outbreak started last October, 350 suspected cases and 16 confirmations were reported in the first three weeks of this year. No deaths have been reported up to now.

"The progressive deterioration of public health infrastructure have seen such rare diseases like typhoid becoming more commonly encountered within our population," Madzorera said, in reference to water and sewerage pipes.

"The same poor water and sanitation conditions in Harare prevail in most of our urban areas and other parts of the country."

Madzorera appealed to his government for funds to "refurbish the water, sanitation and sewerage infrastructure as a matter of urgency", after years of neglect during the country's recent economic crisis.

Last week Finance Minister Tendai Biti announced the country will use $40m from IMF support to refurbish water and sanitation facilities.

Some suburbs go for weeks without running water as Zimbabwean municipalities battle to keep up services.

Harare city authorities said they can't supply water to all the city's residents. Dams and water treatment facilities date back to before Zimbabwe's 1980 independence and cannot sustain demands from the ever-increasing population in the capital.

Last October, over 6 000 cases of diarrhoea were reported in the southern towns of Masvingo and Kadoma when at least seven children died.

Four years ago over 4 000 people died of cholera in an outbreak which affected nearly 100 000 people.

Comments
  • Ian - 2012-01-31 20:08

    Harare city authorities said they can't supply water to all the city's residents. Dams and water treatment facilities date back to before Zimbabwe's 1980 independence and cannot sustain demands from the ever-increasing population in the capital. SO you are telling us since you took power from the white Rhodesian government, you havent upgraded a freeeking thing, WELL DONE LAD

      Sean - 2012-01-31 20:39

      Ian ,the same is happening in S.A and also in Namibia , Namibia has a advantage as the population is only around 2,1 mil !

      Ian - 2012-01-31 20:53

      so is that the african way, take power and let infrastructure simply go to hell, maybe they think it will upgrade itself

      Sean - 2012-01-31 22:10

      That is exactly how they think , sad , but true !

      sjmanthey - 2012-02-01 08:35

      although i feel sad for the people... they the authors of their own misfortunes...Please stay in Zimbabwe and set an example of what is likely to happen to South Africa if we carry on letting these embasils run our country.

  • Bennie - 2012-01-31 20:17

    en rotte sal nes in julle gatte maak !!!!

      Jennifer - 2012-02-01 10:02

      So, Bennie, you're saying that rats will make nests in their bums... now there's something I do believe :D

  • Chris Van Der Linde - 2012-01-31 20:30

    Why dont they send good old Sutcliffe to Zimbabwe to sort out the problem?

  • Max - 2012-01-31 20:38

    If you look at what Mugabe has done and is still doing to his own people, how can a mund like him criticize anything that anybody does including apartheid, Hitler you name it....not even Hitler committed his crimes against his own people neither did the apartheid regime. Is Mugabe incapable of experiencing human feelings like shame, resentment, honour, integrity etc. and what is wrong with African leaders for accepting his behaviour. It is like sitting around a table enjoying a beer with a man you very well know beats his wife into a pulp every day of his life. I just don't understand this African behaviour.

      rcrawle - 2012-01-31 21:32

      Hitler actually upgraded the road system and infrastructure.

      Sean - 2012-01-31 22:11

      And people still vote for him !! FFSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!

  • Irene - 2012-01-31 21:08

    Viva Bob Viva.

  • Renier - 2012-01-31 21:51

    Today 30-50 cases, next month 100-500 next year 1000-5000. It does not affect the elite, so what! No deaths reported! That is what "they" say. Approximately 3%-5% of patients become carriers of the bacteria after the acute illness. Worldwide, typhoid fever affects more than 13 million people annually, with over 500,000 patients dying of the disease.

  • Wayne - 2012-02-01 07:28

    What's worse than having typhoid? Apparently being colonised!

  • Johnson - 2012-02-02 07:28

    And they are the most educated Africans in Africa - education is just a paper if you dont know how to use it. If they are the most educated in Africa and this is how they run a country imagine what the rest of Africa looks like. Zimbabwe's way of controlling their population growth or controlling the opposition to change - now I understand

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