Zimbabwe steps up typhoid fight

Added On January 9, 2017

The Zimbabwe government has stepped up efforts to curb the spread of typhoid.
The country formed an inter-ministerial committee to address the issues. 
The committee board came up with measures to contain the spread of typhoid in the country, including prohibiting food vending on the streets, enhancing waste management, stopping illegal dumpsites, improving sewer systems, and providing health education.
SOUNDBITE (ENG): DAVID PARIRENYATWA,Minister of Health and Child Care
"It was agreed to prohibit and stop vending of food, whether it is processed or unprocessed in undesignated areas and these foods include vegetables, fruits including mangos, mazhanje, tomatoes, chibage and other foods that are cooked including meat, uncooked or cooked fish to control the spread of typhoid."
The residents are encouraged to desist from littering or dumping waste and rubbish in open spaces to avoid the spread of typhoid, cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases, but to use designated areas and bins. 
The City of Harare is instituting 24-hour refuse collection within the CBD, while in other areas a 16-hour-shift is to be carried out.
SOUDNBTIE (ENG):SAVIOR KASUKUWERE,Minister of Local Government
"If we allow the situation to continue a day longer we are moving to very dangerous territory and I want to call upon all our political parties to play their part, civil societies will always here and again get organizations which will come up and say don't do this because of one or two reasons but this challenge that we are facing is much more serious and we cannot play with people's lives let alone their health."
The government is also clearing drainages to allow free rain water to flow. 
The cleaning and clearance of illegal dumpsites is ongoing in all the high density suburbs of Harare, including Mbare where typhoid has been reported.
Plans are in place to complete clearance of Mbare dumpsites by Friday.
The government also appealed to the community through churches, the corporate world and well-wishers to participate in refuse removal. 
The promotion of community participation through health clubs is key in promoting safe health communities and prevention of diseases. 
People are encouraged to wash hands with soap under running water before handling or eating food and all drinking water should be boiled before use.