Cholera Outbreak in Zimbabwe Spreads to South Africa

Two Zimbabwean men test positive for cholera after returning from year-end festivities

by Victor Adetimilehin

Two cases of cholera have been confirmed in Limpopo province, South Africa, on two men who recently traveled from Zimbabwe. The men, aged 43 and 27, visited Zimbabwe for year-end festivities and came back with cholera-like symptoms.

They were admitted to Musina and Hellen Franz Hospitals, respectively, where they tested positive for the bacterial infection. The Limpopo Department of Health said the patients are receiving medical care and their condition is being monitored.

Cholera is a highly infectious and potentially life-threatening disease that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. It is mainly transmitted through contaminated food and water.


Preventive Measures and Public Awareness

The Limpopo Department of Health urged the public to remain calm but vigilant and to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of cholera. It advised people to wash their hands frequently with soap and clean water, especially before eating or preparing food, to eat well-cooked food, and to drink safe, treated water.

It also encouraged people to seek medical attention promptly if they or anyone they know experienced symptoms consistent with cholera. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital to minimize the impact of the disease and to save lives.

The department said it is working closely with the national health authorities and the World Health Organization to contain the outbreak and to provide regular updates.


Zimbabwe Struggles with Cholera Crisis

Zimbabwe is currently battling a cholera outbreak that has affected more than 17,700 people and claimed 318 lives since March 2023, according to the country’s Health and Child Care ministry. The outbreak has been attributed to poor sanitation, water shortages, and economic collapse.

The government has declared a state of emergency and appealed for international assistance to deal with the crisis. Several humanitarian agencies, such as the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Doctors Without Borders, have responded by providing medical supplies, water treatment, and hygiene promotion.

Despite the challenges, some progress has been made in reducing the number of new cases and deaths, thanks to the efforts of health workers, volunteers, and communities. However, the situation remains fragile and requires sustained support and vigilance.

Cholera is a preventable and treatable disease that can be eliminated with adequate access to clean water, sanitation, and health care. The World Health Organization has launched a global strategy to end cholera by 2030, which aims to reduce deaths by 90% and eliminate transmission in 20 countries.

South Africa and Zimbabwe are among the countries that have committed to the strategy and have developed national action plans to achieve the targets. With political will, financial resources, and global solidarity, it is possible to defeat cholera and to ensure the health and well-being of millions of people.


Source: New Zimbabwe

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