The Combined Harare Residents Association has warned that water from unprotected wells in Dzivarasekwa, Mufakose, Budiriro, Glen-view and Highfields contains salmonella-typhea, a bacterium which causes Typhoid.
Glen-view has been hit by a Typhoid outbreak that has seen the death of five people so far. CHRA has urged residents to practise good hygienic standards and has issued a flyer to raise awareness of the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of diarrheal diseases.
All those showing symptoms of the disease should not handle food, drinking water should be purified; sewage should be disposed of effectively; milk should be pasteurized, travellers in endemic areas should avoid eating raw leafy vegetables, other foods stored or served at room temperature, and untreated water, thorough hand washing after using the toilet and before handling food is vital.
“The use of oral rehydration fluids is of great importance in Cholera and dysentery; these infections are curable, so please seek early treatment when you see any of these signs,” says the Association.
The organisation’s weekly service delivery report, notes that Mabvuku has had no water for four months and load shedding takes place for four to five hours daily. In Mufakose water and electricity is available but refuse is not being collected. Glen View has no water and refuse is not being collected. Five have died of typhoid. Budiriro has no water and daily power cuts but refuse is being collected once a week.