Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 December 2008

Zimbabwe / Cholera / Almost 3,000 new cases, bringing the total to more than 23,500 cases

 


 

 

Zimbabwe / Cholera / Almost 3,000 new cases, bringing the total to more than 23,500 cases

 

HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 24, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

And the spokesperson for the general assembly president

 

 

 

And turning to Zimbabwe, earlier today, the UNICEF representative in Zimbabwe briefed reporters in Geneva by telephone from Harare on the cholera situation in that country.  The outbreak is not under control, said Roeland Monasch.  Since the last United Nations figures were published, there have been almost 3,000 new cases, bringing the total to more than 23,500 cases.  The number of deaths has also risen to 1,174.  The disease now affects all provinces in Zimbabwe, with half the cases in Harare.  There continue to be staffing issues at cholera treatment centres, as many medics are going without salaries and cannot show up to work.  Only a handful of professionals are staffing clinics, where several dozen are needed.  UNICEF is providing 700,000 litres of clean water a day, and even digging boreholes in urban areas.  It is also procuring 4,000 tons of water treatment chemicals for urban areas.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 


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