Ty­phoid out­break spreads to Budiriro, Glen View

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nye­mudzai Kakore Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

THE ty­phoid out­break has spread to Budiriro and Glen View sub­urbs amid re­ports that the MDC-T led Harare City Coun­cil bun­gled on its 48-hour ul­ti­ma­tum of re­mov­ing il­le­gal food ven­dors from the streets.

The ul­ti­ma­tum ex­pired on Thurs­day. Two cases had been con­firmed in each of the two sub­urbs as of yes­ter­day.

Health Ser­vices di­rec­tor Dr Pros­per Chonzi said as from Tues­day, con­firmed cases of ty­phoid had gone up from 22 to 25.

Dr Chonzi also said 320 peo­ple had pre­sented them­selves for screen­ing from the pre­vi­ous 280, while sus­pected cases of ty­phoid rose to 150 from 132.

He said he ex­pected the num­bers to rise as the city was still await­ing re­sults from the lab­o­ra­tory.

“We fear for fur­ther ty­phoid out­breaks as the driv­ers of the dis­ease are still to be dealt with,” he said. “We are ex­pect­ing more re­sults as there are spec­i­mens which are still in the lab­o­ra­tory.”

The city, which is grap­pling to com­bat ty­phoid through ban­ning food vend­ing, failed to en­force the ban.

A sur­vey by The Her­ald in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict and other parts of Harare showed that ven­dors de­fied the ul­ti­ma­tum as it was busi­ness “as usual” all over the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

Push­cart fruit and veg­etable ven­dors were busy cash­ing in on their pro­duce while those who roast maize oc­cu­pied their usual spots. Meat ven­dors were busy at their usual sell­ing points.

Harare act­ing cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Mr Michael Chideme said ev­ery­thing was shap­ing up as coun­cil and the po­lice were go­ing ahead with their op­er­a­tion.

Quizzed on whether coun­cil had is­sued the ul­ti­ma­tum pre­ma­turely, with­out putting strate­gies in place, Mr Chideme said: “We have en­listed po­lice sup­port to help us im­ple­ment our by-laws. We have com­pleted the map­ping and sur­veil­lance of the ar­eas we are go­ing to en­force.

“We have ad­e­quately de­ployed to en­sure the ex­er­cise does not flop. We can­not dis­close to you how and what time we go­ing to re­act to non-move­ment from the streets.”

Ven­dors’ as­so­ci­a­tions a fort­night ago blasted coun­cil over its fail­ure of cor­rect­ing the driv­ers of ty­phoid such as col­lec­tion of garbage, pro­vi­sion of clean wa­ter and im­prov­ing the drainage sys­tem, which was con­ceded by En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate Min­is­ter Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri, who said poor ser­vice de­liv­ery by the lo­cal au­thor-

ity had con­trib­uted im­mensely to the spread of sev­eral wa­ter-borne dis­eases.

Res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions yes­ter­day cas­ti­gated lo­cal au­thor­i­ties for im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures which were not sus­tain­able and urged them to fo­cus on meth­ods that yielded pos­i­tive re­sults.

Com­bined Harare Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (CHRA) called on the lo­cal au­thor­ity to ad­dress the ma­jor driv­ers of ty­phoid in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing on win­dow-dress­ing mea­sures like the “war on ven­dors”.

Chi­tung­wiza Res­i­dents’ Trust (Chitrest) said res­i­dents of the town were now fear­ing a re­peat of the 2008 cholera and ty­phoid out­breaks, which af­fected a num­ber of fam­i­lies and re­sulted in hun­dreds los­ing lives.

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