Zimbabwe faces a “major health disaster,” as hospitals close

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 25 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2710
  1. Ryan Truscott
  1. 1Harare

    Zimbabwe’s health minister, David Parirenyatwa, has admitted that he is “scared” by the cholera epidemic in the country, which has killed more than 290 people since September.

    Last week the World Health Organization said that more than 6000 people had been infected in the outbreak.

    The highly contagious diarrhoeal disease has now spread to nine of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces.

    Médecins Sans Frontières said that if left unchecked, cholera could threaten the lives of 1.4 million people in Harare.

    Mr Parirenyatwa told the local press that the widespread unavailability of clean piped water meant that it is impossible to control the cholera outbreak. “As the minister …

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