WATCH: Fears of typhoid outbreak in Gweru

By Tafara Chikumira
THERE are fears of a typhoid outbreak in Gweru after two people died of diarrheal infections, amid indications that dozens others are seeking treatment for water borne disease symptoms.
Residents of Mkoba 12 suburb in Gweru could be feeling the brunt of poor planning and service delivery after incessant cases of burst sewer pipes and raw sewage flowing into houses has been witnessed during this rainy season, a situation that could have triggered the recent diarrheal outbreaks.
Gweru City Council Spokesperson, Ms Vimbai Chingwaramuse says specialist doctors are yet to ascertain the causes of the recent diarrheal infections.
“There were two fatalities caused by diarrheal infections and our surveillance team at the local clinics received that information and right now as the City of Gweru the city council, our health department rapid response team are on the ground trying to find out what could have caused the diarrheal infections but we are not yet sure what disease it is all we know is that they are diarrheal infections,”

Some Gweru residents, who spoke to ZBC News, said they are now living in fear, calling on the responsible authorities to come up with a lasting solution to the water and sanitation issues in the area.
Cases of typhoid are not new to the city of Gweru as in 2018, the midlands provincial capital experienced severe cases of the water borne disease, resulting in the postponement of the National Youth Games which were eventually held last year.