By Lloyd Takawira
Fear of typhoid recurrence has gripped the dormitory town of Chitungwiza town following reports that two minors have been treated for the water-borne disease at a local health institution in.The child was treated at 24-Hour St Mary’s Medical Centre.
Following months of dry taps and over reliance on unprotected water sources, serious health time bomb is looming.
Most suburbs in Chitungwiza have gone for close to eight months without water supplies, while raw sewage flow on the streets rising fears of the water born disease.
Contacted for comment Chitungwiza Municipality Health and Environmental Services director, Dr Tonderai Kasu said investigations are underway of the above reported matters are underway.
“We have environmental health staffs that are out in the field right now as we speak who are investigating the claim that there has been a case of typhoid seen at some 24-hour emergency rooms,”said Kasu.
“We can properly inform and advise you on the substantive position and the way forward once we have completed investigations. Please give us a chance to conduct and complete investigations,” he added.
A 24-Hour St Mary’s Medical Centre official however confirmed the typhoid case but was evasive to shed more light.
Residents who spoke to this reporter expressed fears and urged the local authority and government to swiftly act before the situation spread to other suburbs.
Mbuya Mazara from St Mary’s ward one showed knowledge about the incident and urged government to take action before they also get affected.
“Mwana wemuraini medu wakabatwa typhoid iyoyi mwanangu zvototyisa , hurumende ngaione zvekuita tingapere,”she said.
Another resident from ward 19 Unit F Seke said , ” ma cases are many kuno kwa Seke kune mwana abatwawo typhoid , zvotyisa , zvingatadze nei mvura hakuna , tongomwa dzemigidhi dzisina ku testiwa idzodzi “.
Last year, hoards of lives were lost as a result of cases of typhoid in Chitungwiza and Harare’s high density suburbs because of inadequate supply of portable water.