Govt moves in to contain spread of diarrhoea in Bulawayo

By Yolanda Moyo

THE Government is moving in to contain the spread of diarrhoea in Bulawayo after an outbreak that has affected three suburbs.

Cases were detected in Pumula, Nkulumane and Nketa all within a month.

“We are facing an outbreak of diarrhoea in Bulawayo and as a government, we are moving in to contain the spread of the disease,” said the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Judith Ncube.

“We do not want a repeat of what happened in Luveve, therefore, we have alerted the Civil Protection Unit on what is on the ground. Relevant stakeholders are now on the ground trying to contain the spread.

“Moving forward, there will be water tanks installed in the affected areas to ensure people have stable water supplies.”

Meanwhile, Bulawayo is facing water shortages due to low dam levels and vandalism of the Epping forestry boreholes.

“Bulawayo Dam levels are at seven percent and you know the government drilled boreholes in Nyamandlovu, but vandalism of electricity infrastructures is affecting the pumping of water into the city. A total of 12 transformers have been vandalized and copper cables were stolen,” said the minister.

The city’s worst outbreak in recent years was reported in June 2020, when 13 people died after 2 000 cases were recorded in Luveve with raw sewage having contaminated drinking water.

According to the 2020 Auditor General’s report tabled before Parliament, Bulawayo is among six local authorities at risk of an outbreak of water-borne diseases after the opposition-led local authority failed to manage sewer reticulation systems.

The Second Republic is however working round the clock to complete the Gwayi-Shangani Lake which is expected to address perennial water challenges in Bulawayo.