CPU probes Mnene Mis­sion

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MID­LANDS Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) has dis­patched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion team led by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (Ema) to probe Mnene Mis­sion and in­spect its sewer dis­posal sys­tems amid rev­e­la­tions that the Lutheran-run in­sti­tu­tion could be the source of the cholera out­break in Mberengwa.

Mnene Mis­sion had ear­lier been fin­gered as the pos­si­ble source of a cholera out­break that re­cently hit Cho­mubobo re­set­tle­ment area in Mberengwa af­ter sam­ples taken from the river which is the main wa­ter source for peo­ple in the area re­vealed that the wa­ter was con­tam­i­nated.

It is sus­pected that raw sewage from Mnene Mis­sion might have spilled into Mnene River and con­tam­i­nated wa­ter and af­fected it down­stream. Mnene Mis­sion is in a high ly­ing area from where the river flows.

Mid­lands Provin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Abion Maronge said the prov­ince had set a task­force led by Ema and would in­ves­ti­gate Mnene Mis­sion over the al­le­ga­tions as it moves to es­tab­lish the source of the wa­ter-borne dis­ease.

“There has been a de­bate on whether Mnene Mis­sion was the source of the cholera out­break

or not. I un­der­stand this is the first time that Mberengwa has had a cholera out­break. Peo­ple have just been spec­u­lat­ing but we want to know the source of cholera. There were re­ports that Mnene Mis­sion could be the source be­cause it was said their sewer dis­posal sys­tems were not fully func­tional. How­ever, we can­not con­clude if we do not in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. So a team led by Ema will lead in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions so that we see if Mnene Mis­sion is ac­tu­ally the source of cholera,” he said.

Mid­lands Provin­cial Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr Si­mon Nyadundu, how­ever, said Mnene Mis­sion might not be source con­sid­er­ing the dis­tance be­tween Cho­mubobo and Mnene.

“Sci­en­tif­i­cally it can­not be. How­ever, we will wait for the re­sults or out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said.

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