Post-Cabinet Press Briefing: Meeting 2024-04: 5th March 2024

1.0 UPDATE ON THE NATIONAL CHOLERA OUTBREAK RESPONSE

Cabinet received an update on the national cholera outbreak response as presented by the Acting Minister of Health and Child Care, Honourable Prof. Paul Mavima.

Cabinet informs the nation that during the period 21 February, 2024 to 27 February, 2024 there were 961 new suspected cholera cases reported, compared  to  the  1  025  reported  the  previous  week,  reflecting  a  7% decrease.  The  cholera  cases  are  emanating  mainly  from  unsupervised religious gatherings and funerals, and mobile artisanal miners residing in compounds with poor water and sanitation facilities, poor hand hygiene practices and recurrent bursts of sewer reticulation systems in urban areas. However, the marked decrease in the number of cases is attributed to high community awareness, improved case management with establishment of oral rehydration points and cholera treatment camps, and the impact of the vaccination programme.

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