Zimbabwe: State of emergency declared as cholera outbreak kills over 20 people

  • September 13, 2018

Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency in its capital Harare after a cholera outbreak killed over 20 people, with many fearing a repeat of the outbreak that took the lives of thousands in 2008.

According to reports, more than 2,000 people have been infected from contaminated drinking water.

The new health minister, Obadiah Moyo, declared a state of emergency in Harare after touring a hospital treating patients.

“We are declaring an emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on. We don’t want any further deaths,” he said.

The country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa expressed grief over the situation and asked people to exercise caution. “My thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from the cholera outbreak, and the loved ones of those we have lost. I urge all residents of affected areas to exercise extra care with their hygiene and follow the instructions of the authorities as we seek to contain and overcome this outbreak. We are working tirelessly to control the situation and hope to communicate progress in due course,” he said.

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