The Minister of Health and Child Care, Hon. Dr. Douglas Mombeshora updated Cabinet on the Cholera outbreak.
The nation is advised that the Minister of Health and Child Care led a delegation to Buhera District on 14th October, 2023. Buhera District has reported a cumulative seven hundred and twenty-six cases of cholera suspected cases, and twenty-seven cumulative cholera deaths with a Case Fatality rate of 3.7%. Forty-six (46) were admitted in cholera treatment centres across the district with the epicenter for transmission in Buhera district in Murambinda. The main drivers of the cholera outbreak in Buhera District included lack of safe water and use of river water. Pertaining to the Buhera District Cholera Response, Cabinet approved as follows: that doctors be deployed to visit all cholera treatment centers’ in the district; that more staff be mobilized to support the cholera treatment centres; that the setting up of cholera treatment camps and oral rehydration points closer to the community be finalised; that eight boreholes be drilled in the district; and that community engagement and capacity building of traditional and religious leaders on public health measure to control cholera be intensified; that all funerals in Buhera district should be supervised; and that cholera education will be intensified in schools.
In order to forestal a possible increase in cholera cases around the country, Cabinet in general approved as follows: that there be Intensified Risk Communication and Community Engagement in the cholera response; that cholera tests kits be sourced for the rural community centres; that all boreholes be fully equipped; that all deaths be documented and burials be supervised; and that there be continued intensified public health measures to contain the outbreak.
2.0 REPORT BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Cabinet received a Report on Drug and Substance Abuse as presented by the Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee and Minister of Defence, Honourable O.C.Z. Muchinguri-Kashiri.
The nation is being informed that Government continues to heighten the fight against illegal inflow of illicit drugs, substances as well as alcohol throughout the country. A total of 468 (402 male and 66 female) offenders were arrested. Out of the 468 offenders, 36 were suppliers who were referred to court, whilst 432 were drug users and consumers who paid deposit fines. Raids were conducted during the period under review and drugs were confiscated. A total of four (4) bases were destroyed from three provinces, that is, two (2) in Harare Metropolitan (Mbare and Epworth), one (1) in