Fresh Cholera Outbreak In Bikita

Masvingo Provincial Medical Director Dr Robert Mudyiradima said tests had confirmed that the deaths of two children, one man and a woman from Nyika Growth Point were caused by cholera.

“We have dispatched our health teams to assess the situation and raise more awareness on the disease,” Dr Mudyiradima said.

He said the recent rains and a recent meeting of the Apostolic Faith members could have contributed to the resurgent outbreak.

“I am told there was an apostolic sect meeting held near Nyika growth point. The church gathering went for three days. The people there had no toilets and a clean source of water.”

Dr Mudyiradima said any gathering in the district had been suspended to curb the spread of the disease.

In 2008, 4 000 people countrywide died of cholera according to the World Health Organization.