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Zimbabwe death toll from cholera has now risen to 28 - report

State media says the three Bulawayo patients suspected to have cholera have been placed under quarantine.

Doctors care for patients affected by Cholera at the Heroes stadium temporary transformed in a hospital on January 15, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia. Zambia said on January 13 it would open its international school and some retail centres in the capital after making sufficient progress in its fight to stem a cholera outbreak. Lusaka has borne the brunt of an epidemic which began last September with data released on Saturday showing 3,148 cases nationwide, 72 of them fatal. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - Reports from Zimbabwe say the death toll from cholera has now risen to 28.

Meanwhile, the authorities are reporting three cases of the disease in the second city of Bulawayo.

State media says the three Bulawayo patients suspected to have cholera have been placed under quarantine.

If confirmed, Bulawayo will be the seventh province to be affected by this cholera outbreak, which began in Harare early this month.

The capital's western Glen View suburb remains the worst-affected, with around 28 deaths and nearly 4,000 infections reported.

Meanwhile, the health ministry says it's badly short-staffed.

Health Secretary Gerald Gwinji has requested for hundreds of vacancies to be filled, including those for health and laboratory technicians, to deal with the outbreak.

At the same time, The city of Harare has told vendors to leave the streets of the CBD on Saturday as it moves to curb the spread of cholera.

The authorities say vendors must move to designated trading sites where there are ablutions available.

The City of Harare says its asking vendors to voluntarily move off the streets in the interests of public health.
Hundreds of street traders operate in central Harare where there are no public toilets.

That’s a concern to the authorities, who are battling to contain an outbreak of cholera in Harare’s western suburbs.
The Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation says vendors aren’t to blame for cholera or typhoid.

The lobby group says evicting vendors isn’t the solution, and it’s called on street traders to wear white today, to show support for a peaceful solution to the cholera crisis.

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)

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