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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Zimbabwe: Cholera Claims Eight in Chimanimani

Via All Africa :

" EIGHT people, six from the same family, have died of cholera while another eight, all members of the Johanne Marange Apostolic Sect, were hospitalised in Chimanimani.

All the cases were recorded from Rusitu District of Chimanimani, which was hit by a cholera outbreak last month.

Director of Epidemology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Portia Manangazira said they were continuing dialogue with members of the sect so that they can consider accessing health care facilities.

"We are still making dialogue with members of the Marange Apostolic sect so that they can access treatment at health care facilities," said Dr Manangazira.

She said the 16 cases from Rusitu were detected early in March but were only attended to later in the month as the sect members were allegedly hiding the sick from members of the public.

"People were hidden in the area so they could not receive medical assistance, the matter only came to light late March," said Dr Manangazira.

In a bid to curb cholera and other non-communicable diseases, Government is training rapid response teams to assist in responding to emergency disease outbreaks."

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