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Zimbabwe faces cholera

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27 November 2008

by Jordanna-may Gardas

Turned away: Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter with children from the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday

Turned away: Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter with children from the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday

CONCERN is growing about the incidence of cholera in Zimbabwe. The Evangelical Fellowship of Zim­babwe, a group of more than 100 churches, has asked the government to declare the recent outbreak a national disaster.

The World Health Organisation has reported nearly 300 deaths since the first reported outbreak in the summer in Chitungwiza, a southern district of Harare. The UN estimates that about 6000 have con­tracted the disease.

A declaration of disaster must be issued if the country is to receive humanitarian aid. “The government should declare the cholera outbreak a national disaster, and solicit inter­national support to bring it under control and restore supplies of safe water and sanitation systems to Zimbabwe’s population,” the Zim­babwe Association of Doctors for Human rights said.

Many of the state hospitals have been shut down because of inade­quate supplies of medical equipment, and the humanitarian-aid group Médicins sans Frontières has estab­lished treatment centres in Harare and Beitbridge.

“We are sending emergency staff and supplies to various locations in Zimbabwe in order to contain the outbreak and treat those who have been infected,” a spokeswoman said.

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, was denied entry into Zimbabwe last weekend, to­gether with the former US Presi­dent Jimmy Carter. Both have voiced strong regret over the government’s lack of co-operation with the humani­tarian mission.

“The entire basic structure has broken down,” Mr Carter said. “These are all indications that the crisis in Zimbabwe is much worse than we ever could have imagined.”

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