Zimbabwe declares cholera outbreak as death toll rise to 20

Zimbabwe declares cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe has declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare after more than 2,000 people were infected and bout 20 considered dead.

The country’s new Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said on Tuesday that the outbreak manifested after the people drank contaminated water.

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“We are declaring an emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on.

“We don’t want any further deaths,” Moyo said after touring a hospital treating patients in the capital.

Authorities on Monday said 18 people have died over the past week in Harare, and scores fallen ill after a cholera and typhoid outbreak in some areas, according to NAN reports.

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Disease outbreaks in the Southern Africa country has been attributed to poor sanitation, limited access to healthcare, and insufficient healthcare infrastructure throughout.

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