UZ grad­u­a­tion post­poned

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Her­ald Re­porter

THE Univer­sity of Zim­babwe (UZ) has de­ferred a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony that was set for to­day ow­ing to an out­break of cholera which has claimed 25 lives and left sev­eral peo­ple hos­pi­talised mostly in Glen View and Budiriro high den­sity sub­urbs in Harare.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, UZ Act­ing Vice Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Paul Map­fumo said the post­pone­ment was purely on health grounds.

Prof Map­fumo said a new date would be an­nounced in due course.

“The Univer­sity of Zim­babwe Act­ing Vice chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Paul Map­fumo, re­grets to in­form graduands, their fam­i­lies and the na­tion at large that the 2018 Univer­sity of Zim­babwe grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony that had been planned for to­mor­row, Fri­day 14 Septem­ber 2018, has been de­ferred to a date to be ad­vised. We apol­o­gise to all our graduands and their guests and the var­i­ous part­ners and spon­sors who had so far gen­er­ously con­trib­uted to­wards prepa­ra­tions for the event,” said Prof Map­fumo.

“While the de­fer­ment is purely on health grounds, be­yond the con­trol of the univer­sity. The in­sti­tu­tion, how­ever, has had no re­ported case of cholera and is cur­rently deemed safe.”

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics re­leased yes­ter­day by the Min­istry of Health and Child Care, at least 25 peo­ple have died ow­ing to cholera pan­demic, while 3 766 cases had been recorded.

Gov­ern­ment has since pro­vided $1 mil­lion to Harare City Coun­cil to re­pair or up­grade col­lapsed sewer sys­tems in most high-den­sity ar­eas.

The city it­self, which has an open bud­get to­wards the pro­gramme, has also de­ployed teams from other ar­eas to as­sist in west­ern sub­urbs.

The city has halted wa­ter dis­con­nec­tions to en­sure res­i­dents have con­tin­u­ous wa­ter sup­plies in the wake of the cholera out­break.

Gov­ern­ment has de­clared the cholera out­break in Harare a state of emer­gency as num­bers of peo­ple dy­ing or fall­ing sick from the bac­te­rial in­fec­tion con­tinue ris­ing.

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