Harare faces disease outbreak as water woes continue

…confirmed typhoid cases

Andrew Moyo

For the past few few weeks, Bulawayo has been grappling with a diarrhoea outbreak, a situation that has been blamed on the acute water shortages the city is currently facing.

Harare residents might also have to brace for the same fate, with many households going for days if not weeks, without running water and it comes as no surprise that there are now reports of waterborne diseases in the city.

In a statement released on its Facebook page earlier today (Tuesday), the Harare City Council confirmed four positive typhoid cases from Glen view suburb.

“Council wishes to inform residents of the presence of four confirmed positive typhoid cases which are already under treatment and responding positively. Three cases are children under 7 and a 17-year-old all from Glenview 3,” read the statement.

It added that prevention and control measures are synonymous with the Covid-19 protocols, with just a few adjustments.

“Council has done contact tracing and is monitoring the contacts. Residents with the following symptoms should present themselves for medical attention: Headache, fever, abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhoea.”