Donors Sought To Clear Raw Sewage

Chinhoyi town situated 115 kilometres north-west of Harare is the Mashonaland West provincial capital.

Mombeshora told Radio VOP: “Raw sewage is being discharged into Manyame river…the  local authority has no funding capacity to treat water for its residents. It’s a health hazard and death trap for us all.”

‘’I have asked the municipality to draft financial document requirements on how much is required to rectify the problem. We can not rely on council revenue alone but have to source funding from international donors’’ he added.

Mombeshora’s appeal comes at a time when a Non Government Organisation in Zimbabwe, German Action Aid, recently compalined that Chinhoyi residents were using aqua tablets meant to purify water as a detergent to soak their clothes in.

The NGO’s health promotion officer, Tendai Chinake said a survey conducted in the town had revealed that male residents were snubbing awareness campaigns while women were using aqua tablets to soak nappies for their babies. Male residents were using buckets donated to them for fishing.

The organisation had been forced to turn their awareness campaigns to schools and was currently engaging 19 687 school children to teach them on how cholera is spread, treated and prevented.

A cholera epidemic killed over 4000 people throughout the country in 2008 after the health delivery system collapsed due to economic, political and social instability.

Chinhoyi town was not spared by the ”man made disaster” a situation which prompted German Action Aid to embark on cholera awarness campaigns in the area.

Chinhoyi provincial hospital has been hit hard by water woes forcing officials to demand water from patients mostly pregnant women before they are admitted.