By Nyasha N Mukapiko
MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa on Wednesday visited cholera patients at Glen View 1 clinic where he was briefed by City of Harare (CoH) officials on mitigation measures they have put in place to contain the outbreak. The outbreak has since been declared a state of emergency.
According to official statistics released so far, 3000 cholera cases have been reported countrywide while 21 deaths have been recorded to date.
Addressing journalists soon after touring the cholera treatment camps Chamisa described the cholera situation as a national disaster and encouraged more players to chip in.
“This is a very disturbing situation it is actually more than a state of emergency but a national disaster we feel that much more has to be done this requires a collective national effort beyond just the local authority, city council it is an effort that requires the cooperate sector, the cooperate world to come in and it also needs residents to be informed on the consequences of the disease”, Chamisa said.
Chamisa added that the central government needed to play a complementary considering that they owe CoH a lot of money.
“I’m told apart from the minister coming here nothing much has been by the government, this is the sought of thing where we need to see more in presence by the government so that there’s a collective approach to it”, Chamisa said.
In 2008, Zimbabwe was hit by a cholera epidemic which resulted in 98,585 reported cases and caused more than 4,000 deaths.