The Health Ministry is struggling to cope with the rising number of cholera cases.
Zimbabwe has at least 215 laboratory-confirmed cholera cases since the latest outbreak on February 12th, according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
Giving an update on the situation, the ministry said on Tuesday evening that all the country’s 10 provinces were affected, but there was no epidemiological link to each other.
“As of May 9, 2023, a cumulative total of 766 suspected cholera cases, five laboratory-confirmed deaths, 16 suspected cholera deaths, and 215 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported.
Speaking at a post-cabinet meeting media briefing late Tuesday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said the government would avail funds to bolster the country’s response to the outbreak.
“Cabinet assures the nation that the cholera risk assessment, which should guide the application of the oral cholera vaccination, has been completed across the country’s 10 provinces.
“Active surveillance of points of entry and exit is continuing as part of a multi-sectoral approach in the response to the cholera outbreak.”