Harare City Council revealed that the death toll from the cholera outbreak in the Zimbabwean capital Harare’s high-density suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro has risen to 10.
There are fears that the diarrhoeal disease could spread to Glen Norah, some 14km from the city centre. By end of day Saturday 320 people had been hospitalised, with 223 patients being treated in Glen View and about 100 at the Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital. Some of the patients were being treated and discharged.
Council health director, Dr Clemence Duri, said: “The death toll has risen to 10 after five more people died today [Saturday] morning. Of the five, one was from Glen Norah, while the others are from Glen View. Although we are not yet sure of the cause of death of the one from Glen Norah, we are suspecting it is cholera.
“We have established that the outbreak was caused by a burst sewer pipe which contaminated borehole water. We have, however, rectified the situation and replaced the pipe. We have since decommissioned two boreholes in Glen View and we will continue monitoring the area.”
Dr Portia Manangazira who is the Health and child care ministry director of epidemiology and disease control, said: “We realise that the cases are on the rise, thus we will be on high alert nationwide given the season that we are in and that the rain season is approaching. We are going to submit a proposal for cholera vaccines in some areas that we have mapped up as high-risk areas for cholera.”