Cholera outbreak contained
Honorable Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro on behalf of the Hon Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo confirmed that the cholera outbreak has been contained.
“We have managed to contain the cholera outbreak; the cases being reported have dropped. This is due to the rapid response from the Government and partners,” he said.
He said there is a need to continue to increase the supply of clean water that has been already been established.
“We encourage people to take personal hygiene as a priority this will immensely help to eradicate this disease. Sewer repairing is continuing and awareness on cholera has helped as well, as we can see a drop in the cases. ” said Dr Mangwiro.
He acknowledged the donations which have come on board from various partners to the response to cholera outbreak.
“We have received today $200 000 from PSMI, EMA commodities including more staff to work in the communities, Zimplats commodities worth $20 000, Rainbow Tourism Group, food stuffs : Mealie Meal 100kgs, sugar 200kgs, salt 100kgs and milk 100litres and Pharmaceuticals donated medical supplies,” he said.
During the Handover ceremony of the donations Minister of Finance and Economic Development Honorable Prof Mtuli Ncube said the Government and partners have managed to pledge US$29.0 million.
“The resources mobilized to date of US$29 million fully cover the immediate requirement of US$25.4 million. The required funding for immediate, medium term and long term is US$64.1 million therefore we have a gape of US$35.1,” he said.
Hon. Prof Ncube said the US$29 million has already been injected to intervene on case management and infection prevention, water and sanitation, health and hygiene promotion, risk assessment in hot spots and civil protection coordination.
“The Cabinet has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee to spearhead implementation of short and long term measures. The committee comprises Ministers of the following Ministries: Local Government, Public Works and National Housing (Chair), Health and Child Care, Finance and Economic Development, Energy and Power Development, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement and Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, ” he said.
He called for assistance from private corporate sector, development and social partners, individuals including Zimbabweans in the diaspora to provide financial and non- financial assistance towards responding to the cholera outbreak.
Financial resources should be deposited into the following Treasury account:
CHOLERA CROWD FUND
CBZ Account Number: 06621537300047
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