National Health Emergency Declared in Zimbabwe

December 5, 2008

Harare, Zimbabwe (ChattahBox) — The national health minister of Zimbabwe, David Parirenyatwa, declared a national health emergency in the country as the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has grown out of control. The minister has appealed for outside help as the epidemic continues to increase the death toll. The government and  doctors have appealed to the world that they needed more medicines and equipments to keep health centers going. They also need money to pay the salaries of the workers and pay for the water treatment chemicals.

The economy in the country is in free fall and the citizens suffer from nation’s worst epidemic. So far the outbreak has claimed 560 lives in the country and more than 12500 cases have been recorded. The International Committee of the Red Cross stated that more than 13 tons of medicine supplies arrived in Harare on Wednesday night. World Health Organization also stated that it will supply $340,000 worth of drugs and supplies.

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) stated that the hospitals badly needed drugs, food, equipments for laboratory, surgery and laundry. The state of emergency is overdue and the supplies as well as drugs should have been supplied two to three weeks ago when the death toll was still low. The economy in the country is a mess, with official inflation in Zimbabwe at 231 million percent. People are allowed to withdraw more money now but only once a week. The Banks recently issued 100 million Zimbabwe notes worth about $14.

People rush towards UNICEF trucks and tankers everyday to collect clean drinking water. Britain has already announced financial and medicinal help worth $4.4 million and has set aside further $10.25 million as relief aid. The US State Department expressed its concern over the health issues in Zimbabwe. The U.S. Agency for International Development said it would provide an additional $600,000 as relief aid for people suffering from cholera.


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