Council contains typhoid outbreak

Dr Chonzi

Dr Chonzi

Talent Hwari Herald Reporter
Typhoid cases have decreased in Mbare, Harare while no deaths have been recorded after the Harare City Council took steps to control the disease, the city’s Health Services director Dr Prosper Chonzi has said. In an interview yesterday, Dr Chonzi said cases of typhoid decreased after measures were taken to control the outbreak following the disease outbreak recently in Mbare.

“Mbare typhoid cases are now progressively down and no deaths have been recorded as for now. Admissions of patients with typhoid are also down in Mbare. In fact, days can pass without receiving a typhoid patient. All measures taken were effective to control this deadly disease,” he said.

Dr Chonzi, however, said there is an increase in diarrhoea cases in Dzivarasekwa Extension and Hopley area where hygiene should improve. “The system is on high alert in Dzivarasekwa Extension with high increase in diarrhoea cases and also it is the same situation in Hopley. People should continue to practice good personal hygiene and seek treatment early,” he added.

Dr Chonzi said their response teams have been in the area to monitor the situation and suspected typhoid cases were 301 while the numbers of people coming through treatment camps at Matapi Hostels was decreasing.

Dr Chonzi urged communities to practice good personal hygiene like washing hands after visiting ablution facilities, buying food from licensed premises as well as using aqua tablets and Water Guard. He said people should treat water regardless of the source and remove the notion that borehole water is safe by installing online chlorinators for the boreholes.

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