Minister of Health declares Gweru water unsafe
The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa has declared Gweru water unsafe for drinking. He made the announcement yesterday when he visited Gweru Provincial Hospital, the treatment camps and Mkoba Polyclinic in Gweru.
“To date, 200 patients are admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital and some are being treated and monitored at Mkoba 1 and Mkoba Polyclinic. The outbreak is said to have been caused by a burst sewage pipe that has contaminated the city’s drinking water making it unsafe for consumption. Boreholes around Mkoba have also been deemed unsafe and thus have been de-commissioned as well” Minister Parirenyatwa said.
Indications are that the bacteria started early July when the first case of diarrhea was noted. The bacterial infection was dictated on the 6th of August. The Provincial Medical Director of Midlands Province Dr Simon Nyadundu said, tests done indicate that the Typhoid infection has prevailed in the city.