Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care has declared 17 cholera hotspots around the country.
The 17 cholera hotspots are:
The development comes as the southern African nation has recorded at least 31 new suspected Cholera cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of suspected cases to 98 and confirmed cases to eight.
Distribution of the 31 new suspected cholera cases according to place:
i). 15 in Centenary,
ii). 11 in Beitbridge,
iii). four in Chegutu and
iv). one in Chivi,
Among the laboratory-confirmed cases recorded in the past 24 hours, were three from Centenary in Mashonaland Central Province.
The first cholera outbreak in the country in 2023 was reported in Chegutu in February.
An estimated 41 872 confirmed cholera cases and 1 202 deaths have so far been recorded in Africa.
The bulk of new cases at 36 081 has been recorded in Malawi, which is facing its worst cholera outbreak in two decades.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with Vibrio cholerae bacteria.
People can get sick when they swallow food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe and life-threatening.
Five Basic Cholera Prevention Steps
a). Be sure you drink and use safe water.
b). Wash your hands often with soap and safe water. Before, during, and after preparing food. Before and after eating food or feeding your children. After using the toilet. After cleaning your child’s bottom. After taking care of someone who is sick with diarrhoea.
c). 3. Use toilets. Wash hands with soap and safe water after going to the bathroom.
d). Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it. Cook food well, keep it covered, eat it hot, and peel fruits and vegetables. Eat foods that have been thoroughly cooked and are still hot and steaming. Avoid raw vegetables and fruits that cannot be peeled.
e). Clean up safely. Clean food preparation areas and kitchenware with soap and treated water and let dry completely before reuse.
Bathe and wash clothes or diapers 30 meters (100 feet) away from drinking water sources. *Pindula*