Dr David Parirenyatwa interacts with patients at a typhoid screening centre in Mbare
Ministry of health has allayed fears on the typhoid scourge following reported cases in Harare, insisting that mechanisms have been put in place to curb the spreading of the disease.
In an interview yesterday after touring Matapi Clinic in Harare where 123 typhoid patients were screened, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa said the typhoid outbreak that hit Mbare, Harare, in the last few days is now under control, but urged all residents to be vigilant as they remain under threat of contracting the water-borne disease.
In an interview yesterday after touring Matapi Clinic in Harare were 123 patients were screened, Dr Parirenyatwa said poor water sanitation were the major drives of water borne-diseases.
“As long as we don’t fix that, we will continue to have these diseases coming up.
“The procedure is that when one has typhoid, they must be quickly resuscitated even before transferring them.”
“Our team is always ready to move in the moment one falls sick, but we don’t want to get there. As long as water and sanitation is in order, we won’t have these problems. What people should understand is that we will never win this war as long as water and sanitation is not in order,” he added.
Dr Parirenyatwa said it was important for local authorities, the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing and that of Environment, Water and Climate to ensure water and sanitation were beyond reproach.
However, the latest outbreak confirmed by Health Services Director Dr Prosper Chonzi has been blamed by water shortages, raw sewer spillages and uncollected garbage in the city’s populous high density suburb.
Dr Chonzi said: “The cases were recorded when Mbare taps went dry and there was a sewer spillage which contaminated borehole water leading to the outbreak.”
“We found that there were 21 (typhoid) cases reported and 12 people were admitted at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital, of which all are from Mbare.
However, City of Harare had been at the receiving end of communicable diseases which experts have attributed to its inability to supply clean water to its residents.
The cholera epidemic in 2008-2009 and typhoid scourge perennially since 2012 has seen many calling for the improvement in services delivery from the cross section of society to avoid unnecessary loss of precious life.