Cholera con­tained, clean-up cam­paign con­tin­ues

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Rumbidzai Mu­parutsa

ECONET, through Higher­life Foun­da­tion, will con­tinue with its clean-up cam­paign in Budiriro and Glen View in the next 10 days amid in­di­ca­tions that the out­break has been con­tained as no new cases had been re­ported by the end of last week.

The two high-den­sity Harare sub­urbs are be­lieved to be the epi­cen­tre of the re­cent cholera out­break which has claimed 54 lives dur­ing the past month.

Tremen­dous progress has been reg­is­tered so far in con­tain­ing the becte­rial de­sease, with First Lady Amai Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa join­ing hun­dreds of vol­un­teers in Budiriro and Glen View last week for the clean-up cam­paign.

Yes­ter­day, Econet and Higher­life Foun­da­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mr Love­more Ny­at­sine said it is en­cour­ag­ing that the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties are step­ping up to join the group in the clean-up cam­paign.

“We have cleaned ar­eas and dump­ing sites in the epi­cen­tres of Glen View and Budiriro.

“The clean-up cam­paign has so far been

amaz­ing and we have seen great progress as the com­mu­nity is now get­ting more in­volved,” he said.

“We have 300 vol­un­teers present for the clean-up cam­paign in the epi­cen­tres un­til the 31st of Oc­to­ber.They are cur­rently there as we speak,” he said.

Other stake­hold­ers have been pro­vid­ing wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene prod­ucts, in­clud­ing sup­ply­ing clean and safe wa­ter to the af­fected ar­eas.

Higher­life Foun­da­tion, led by Mrs Tsitsi Masiyiwa, was es­tab­lished in 1996. It is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion funded by Econet Wire­less, which has given over $15 mil­lion to fight cholera.

The foun­da­tion has been work­ing closely with the Health and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment min­istries, the City of Harare and other pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions to of­fer sup­port.

In or­der to con­tain the dis­ease and pre­vent fu­ture out­breaks, Gov­ern­ment has em­barked on a vac­ci­na­tion ex­er­cise, which is still on­go­ing.

More than 390 910 peo­ple were vac­ci­nated dur­ing the first phase. The vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme is tar­get­ing a to­tal of 1,4 mil­lion peo­ple.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, some Cab­i­net Min­is­ters and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment were also vac­ci­nated last week.

Health ex­perts say vac­ci­na­tion pro­vides pro­tec­tion for three to five years.

The Min­istry of Health and Child Care main­tains that dis­eases such as ty­phoid and cholera can only be con­tained through pro­vi­sion of potable wa­ter, in­clud­ing proper solid waste man­age­ment, sewage retic­u­la­tion and ba­sic per­sonal hy­giene.

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