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Latest on gastrointestinal outbreak in Bulawayo

At least 1 900 cases of Gastrointestinal disease outbreak were attended to in Bulawayo and shortage of water supply and lack of sanitation has been the main attributes to the cause.

On Tuesday the Government fully unpacked steps taken so far to help curb the ongoing health tumoil in Bulawayo and Luveve suburbs.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government through Ministry of Local Governments responded to the Gastrointestinal cumulative cases.

“The Minister of Local Government and Public Works updated Cabinet on the Gastrointestinal disease outbreak in Luveve, Bulawayo where a total of 1 900 cases had been attended to at health facilities.”

Measures put in place to curb the pandemic include awareness, community engagement, door to door identification of diarrhea cases and checking on the link between Gastrointestinal disease and COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cabinet noted that a number of interventions that have been put to contain the gastrointestinal disease outbreak include the following: (a) community awareness programmes; (b) engagement of local leadership and community structures to help sensitise communities; (c) waiving of water shedding in the affected areas; (d) conducting door to door surveys to actively identify diarrhoeal cases and systematic sampling of diarrhoeal cases and testing them for COVID-19.”

Gastrointestinal (GI) illness is caused by a variety of different disease-causing microbes or germs that can be acquired by consuming contaminated food or beverages, contact with contaminated recreational water, infected animals or their environments, or infected people.

Tendai Guvamombe