Government response to Gastrointestinal Disease in Bulawayo

By Faith Katete

On Tuesday, Minister of Local Government and Public works briefed on the Gastrointestinal Disease (GIT) outbreak in the old Luveve, New Luveve,Cowdray Park and Gwabalanda suburbs of Bulawayo.The outbreak is attributed to the 144 hour water shedding regime as well as the vandalism of outfall sewers.
A total of 1500 suspected cases of the Gastrointestinal Disease had been attended to by 21 June 2020 , with nine deaths recorded.
In response to the Gastrointestinal Disease outbreak,four treatment stations have since been set up and Rapid Response Teams are currently conducting door to door inspections to determine the extent of the outbreak.
“Plans are also underway to increase raw water supplies to the city of Bulawayo through pumping water from Mtshab,Rochester Aquifers,Insiza,Inyakhumi and Epping Forest,” said Minister.
Cabinet has also directed Treasury to immediately avail financial resources in order to contain the outbreak and address the water challenge in Bulawayo

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