IN the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, residents of Hatcliffe in Harare have been hit by a suspected typhoid outbreak, it has been reported. So far one case has tested positive while the results of 27 samples are pending.
Hatcliffe has not received a drop of municipal water since time immemorial despite claims by the local authority that water production has increased from 172 mega litres per day to 300 mega litres per day.
The epicentre of the suspected outbreak is in area 60 Consortium, where people have been relying on open shallow wells for water for domestic purposes.
The local councillor has confirmed that one person has been infected.
“We have one confirmed case who tested positive at Hatcliffe polyclinic and we are awaiting for other results from our research centre, samples of borehole water has also been sent for testing.”
Hatcliffe has been receiving potable water from bowsers, community boreholes and tankers from development partners as an alternative. The resurfacing of typhoid comes at a time the country’s health delivery is under pressure to deal with Covid-19 pandemic.
The Combined Harare Residents’ Association (CHRA) recommends the following:
l City of Harare must equitably distribute the “300 mega-litres” of municipal water currently produced to all suburbs of Harare;
l The Ministry of Finance must comply with the High Court order to expedite the release of funds to local authorities to improve the water situation in Harare; and
l Council must expedite testing of the samples of the suspected cases and share the results with the public.