Image copyright AFP Image caption Authorities say more than 3,000 people are infected with cholera Zimbabwe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to deal with an outbreak of cholera that has so far killed 25 people, mostly in the capital, Harare.New Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube sent an appeal on Twitter, sharing a mobile payment account number.An…
Zimbabwe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to deal with an outbreak of cholera that has so far killed 25 people, mostly in the capital, Harare.
New Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube sent an appeal on Twitter, sharing a mobile payment account number.
An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in Harare to prevent the spread of infection.
In 2008, a cholera outbreak killed some 4,000 people and at least 100,000 people fell ill.
This was a key factor in persuading President Robert Mugabe to agree a power-sharing government with the opposition, as the government did not have the money to deal with the outbreak.
The current outbreak began on 6 September after water wells were contaminated with sewage in Harare.
Tests found the presence of cholera and typhoid-causing bacteria which has so far infected over 3,000 people, Health Minister Obadiah Moyo told reporters on Thursday.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) situation report, patients were not responding to first-line antibiotics.
“Relevant medicines should be purchased as a matter of urgency as soon as resistance patterns have been ascertained,” it said.
WHO also said the disease has spread to five of the country’s 10 provinces.
The cholera outbreak can be traced to Harare city council’s struggle to supply water to some suburbs for more than a decade, forcing residents to rely on water from open wells and community boreholes, according to Reuters news agency.
Health officials are advising people to wash their hands regularly, drink only safe water, wash food, cook it thoroughly and avoid shaking hands.
Three days in his new job our finance minister wants to crowdfund for a national disaster but just yesterday car dealers where exhibiting cars at parliament. The money to buy cars for ministers and MPs is available but the govt needs donations for a cholera outbreak 🤷🏾♀️
Politics aside Zimbos@MthuliNcubecall to crowdfund for Cholera outbreak is a good initiative…we r faced w this tugether it’s not time to oppose…it’s funny u donate GoFundMe n don’t crowdfund yet everyone’s life z at risk…it’s time for humanitarian approach over politics
This Twitter user wondered why the government had the money to charter a private plane to bring back former first lady Grace Mugabe from Singapore when her mother died, but does not have funds to deal with a public health emergency:
I’m sorry to say but this yo request, Mr Ncube, really borders on stupidity! Yo party Zanupf has money to charter a new jet for grace mugabe from Singapore, buys new 4X4s for chiefs, puts up expensive billboards all over Zim for campaign and you nw u crowdfund for cholera? Please
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