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Harare warns on diarrhoeal diseases

By Munyaradzi Doma / Published on Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 15:55 PM / No Comments / 452 views

3 November 2016

Dr Masunda
Dr Masunda

Residents of Harare have been urged to treat all their water regardless of source as failure to do so leaves them facing risks of contracting diarrhoeal diseases.

The call was issued by City of Harare Epidemiologist Dr Kudzai Masunda yesterday as he said the rainy season also comes with it, diarrhoeal diseases.

“What we are saying is that due to the damages that have happened in the water reticulation system, we urge residents to treat all water sources,” said Dr Masunda.

“Our surveillance from previous years shows that we have increased diarrhoeal diseases in the rainy season in Harare.

“So far this year we have started to record increased cases of diarrhoeal from week 35 and we are now in week 44. In January 2016 we started experiencing a typhoid fever outbreak which was declared in July 2016.

“At the moment we have typhoid fever outbreak though we may have isolated cases here and there.

“Since January; we categorise typhoid into two, those which are probable those which we call suspected cases and those that are confirmed cases. Typhoid cases we have 1 500 cases, the ones that were confirmed positive were 74 and during the typhoid outbreak up to the end we had 71 cases and after we have had three confirmed cases since the typhoid outbreak was declared over,” said Dr Masunda.

Dr Masunda there are several interventions that have been taken amongst them, increased surveillance activities, community awareness creation, mobilized and stocked vital medicines and medicinal products to manage diarrhoeal cases and working closely with other health departments.

He further urged residents to wash hands all the time with treated water, wash fruits and vegetables with treated water, report all potential hazards to human health to health authorities, use designated sanitary facilities and buy cooked and uncooked food from authorised and inspected facilities that meet the required health standards.

“cook food thoroughly and eat or serve while hot, store food under hygienic conditions, avoid indiscriminate disposal of rubbish, drink salt and sugar solution/oral rehydration solution when having diarrhoea and report to the nearest clinic as soon as possible,” among other things.