Typhoid scare: Hatcliffe decommissions
Currently, residents are receiving water from bowsers and shallow wells.
Speaking to the Daily News, local councillor Elvis Ruzani said the borehole had been found with a lot of Escherichia coli, meaning it has been contaminated, resulting in its decommissioning.
“Hatcliffe is in dire need of clean and safe water to improve personal and household hygiene to deal with water-borne diseases and the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ruzani said.
Harare health services director Prosper Chonzi told the Daily News that so far, they had tested 54 people and the results came out negative, adding that each year there was a mounting burden of typhoid despite clinical case management hence it is imperative for citizens to practice good hygiene.
“So far, the 54 tested patients are doing well but we are still struggling with water sanitation and hygiene which we are still addressing,” he said.
“At the moment, we have sent our responsive team which is stationed at Hatcliffe Clinic.”
Last year, the central government rolled out a programme that saw 90 percent of school-going children between the ages of 5 and 15 being vaccinated during the 2019 typhoid campaign period in the capital‘s high-risk areas after realisation the disease was becoming endemic in Harare in the last three years.
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