The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that more than 60,000 people in Zimbabwe have now been infected by cholera since the epidemic broke out in August 2008. This figure has been described by WHO as the “worst case scenario”.
Aid workers are concerned that the rainy season might worsen the situation due to increased contamination of water sources.
“We are dealing with an extraordinary public health crisis that requires from us all an extraordinary public health emergency response, and this must happen now before the outbreak causes more needless suffering and death,” said WHO’s Dr Eric Laroche.
Many hospitals have closed and most towns have poor water supply, broken sewers and uncollected waste.
The cholera epidemic has been fuelled by the collapse of Zimbabwe’s water, sanitation and health systems and has led to calls for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to be referred to the international criminal court.
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