New distressing cholera figures released in Zimbabwe

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The World Health Organasation has released shock cholera figures of about 47,000 Zimbabweans having contracted the disease.

The World Health Organasation has released shock cholera figures of more than 46,000 Zimbabweans having contracted the disease.

The tally is from August and the death toll has reached 2,500, according to new figures that the health ministry and World Health Organization released here.

Cumulative infections rose to 46,606 patients as of January 19, while total
deaths jumped to 2,484 as the water-borne disease continued to wreak havoc
on Zimbabwe’s population.

However, unlike in the past few months, the latest WHO figures show that the
epicenter of the outbreak seems to be moving away from the capital Harare to
outlying districts.

Districts that recorded the highest number of new cases on Monday included
Bindura in Mashonaland Central Province; Makonde and Zvimba in Mashonaland West; Buhera, Chipinge and Mutare in Manicaland; Chivi and Bikita in Masvingo; and Gokwe in Midlands Province.

The cholera epidemic, which broke out in August 2008 in Zimbabwe, has spread to other southern African countries where several deaths have been reported in South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi.

Late last year President Mugabe shocked mourners when he boldly said “the is no more cholera in Zimbabwe”

But the death toll continues to rise.

Health file  The lack of education and political will, poverty, out-moded traditional beliefs, to mention but a few, have been widely blamed for causing severe and sometimes unwarranted health catastrophies of genocidal proportions on the African continent. Child killer diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, water borne diseases, HIV/AIDS, among other preventable ailments have killed millions in their wake. As rightly said by the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, on May 13, 2000 "More people (...) died of Aids in the past year (1999-2000, ndlr) in Africa than in all the wars on the continent".
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