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Zimbabwe records over 3000 suspected cholera cases, 19 deaths

By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE has recorded a cumulative 3 017 suspected cases of cholera, including 19 confirmed deaths and 52 suspected deaths, cabinet has announced.

Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa told the media during a post cabinet briefing Thursday that  a total of 2 910 recoveries have been recorded to date. 

“The nation is informed that as of 24 June 2023, Zimbabwe’s cumulative suspected cases had reached 3 017, with 2 910 recoveries, 19 confirmed deaths, and 52 suspected deaths.

“The case fatality rate (CFR) for all deaths, confirmed and suspected, was 2.4%. All provinces have reported cholera suspected cases, with Manicaland having recorded the highest number at 1 251, followed by Harare with 1 121 and Matabeleland South Province with 277.

‚ÄúCholera confirmed deaths have been recorded in Manicaland (12), Harare (3), Mashonaland Central (2), and Mashonaland West and Masvingo with one case each.¬†¬† Regarding the regional situation, a cumulative 154 317 suspected cholera cases and 2 747 deaths have been reported in the African Region,‚ÄĚ Mutsvangwa said.¬†

She also said the government will ensure that water challenges are dealt with to stop the spread of the disease.

‚ÄúGovernment will implement a multi-sectoral approach led by the Minister responsible for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, in order to address the water, sanitation challenges which are fuelling the cholera outbreak,‚ÄĚ she added.

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