Cholera Deaths In Zimbabwe Rise To 775

by Hannah Punitha on  December 11, 2008 at 3:14 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A new World Health Organization report says that a cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has killed 775 people with 16,141 suspected cases reported across the African nation.
 Cholera Deaths In Zimbabwe Rise To 775
Cholera Deaths In Zimbabwe Rise To 775

"Approximately half of cases have been recorded in Budiriro, a heavily populated suburb on the western outskirts of the capital, Harare," said the WHO.

Other badly hit areas include Beitbridge, which borders South Africa and Mudzi, which borders Mozambique, it added.

Earlier, the UN humanitarian affairs bureau said the death toll had reached 746, with 15,572 suspected cases reported.

The capital Harare is the worst-affected district with 189 deaths and 7,653 suspected cases recorded as of December 9, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.

Zimbabwe's information minister on Tuesday insisted that the epidemic was "under control". The minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, said "We have enough chemicals to purify the water. We have got enough foreign currency to buy pipes" to mend sanitation lines.

Source: AFP

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