Shalom Manguni, H-Metro Reporter
The City of Harare says it will embark on an awareness campaign meant to inform the public about the outbreak of diarrhoea ahead of the rainy season.
The development comes after the outbreak of diarrhoea, which hit Dzivaresekwa and other surrounding high-density suburbs a few weeks ago.
The City of Harare has also began to educate the public on how to prevent diarrhoea at household level.
Harare City Council Health Services director Dr Prosper Chonzi said the diarrhoea outbreak is as a result of the water crisis in the capital
“More than 200 hundred people have been affected in Dzivaresekwa and it’s due to contaminated water.
“It has also affected people in Budiriro and Glenview but we have recorded more cases in Dzivaresekwa,” DR Chonzi said.
DR Chonzi said the health department has managed to contain the outbreak by carrying out awareness campaigns so as to end the outbreak before the rain season.
“We have sent people in the communities affected to educate people about diarrhoea and they are also distributing water treatment tablets.”
He also urged the public to seek for treatment early.
“Treatment for diarrhoea at our clinics is free and people should make use of these clinics if they see any diarrhoea symptoms.
“We did our research and we found that, the cases reported were diarrhoea cases, not cholera or typhoid and diarrhoea can be treated if reported early,” he added.
Chonzi also said no deaths have been recorded since the outbreak.