Harare residents register fear of a surge in cholera outbreak due to council failure to revamp service delivery

By Phillipa Jaja

Harare residents have expressed fear of a surge in cholera outbreaks following city council’s failure to attend to service delivery critical in prevention of the disease.

Harare has recorded over 20 cases of cholera in the past few weeks.

According to a Health and Child Care ministry situational report released on Friday, Harare has been recording at least five cases since Wednesday last week.

A petition addressed to Mayor Jacob Mafume, relayed the citizens’ premonitions and blamed the cholera outbreak on the council.

“We are disturbed by Harare City Council’s failure to efficiently attend to and provide permanent solutions to perennial sewer bursts, access to clean potable water and non-collection of refuse which are major drivers of waterborne diseases including cholera with a potential to contribute to the spiking and surging of reported cases in Glen View, Budiriro, Mbare and Dzivarasekwa.

“A case in point is at number 4257 Glen View 3, where sewer bursts contaminated a well which residents rely on for domestic purposes posing a health hazard to the residents of Harare.

“The City of Harare has not been making tangible efforts to provide a permanent solution to these sewer bursts as they are continuously occurring.

“The City of Harare is failing to provide alternative clean and potable water for Harare residents. Council workers have not been cleaning communal toilets and bathrooms at Mbare Matererini flats, and residents have taken it upon themselves to clean the toilets without proper equipment and protective clothing.”

The country has recorded a cumulative total of 665 suspected cholera cases and five deaths.

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