The Zimbabwean government has acquired 500,000 doses of cholera vaccine that it will start administering on vulnerable groups in the coming week, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister John Mangwiro said.
More than one million people had cholera between 2016 and 2018. Nearly 2,400 of them died.
As of 21 September 2018, a total of 5891 suspected cases with 38 deaths have been reported from six provinces across the country.
The United Nations says at least 97 people have died of cholera in northeastern Nigeria over the past two weeks.
Yobe State government on Friday, September 21, confirmed 906 fresh cases of cholera with 61 deaths and 50 others still on admission in hospitals across the state.
Zimbabwe is struggling with its worst outbreak of cholera in a decade, which has killed at least 28 people. An emergency has been declared and public gatherings banned in the capital, Harare.
Saudi Arabia confirmed one cholera infection and three other suspected cases in an area bordering Yemen, where an epidemic has killed more than 2,000 people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up its response to an outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe, which is expanding quickly in Harare, the country’s capital with a population of more than two million people.
Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said Wednesday that the number of infections has risen to 3,067, up from just over 2,000 that were reported Tuesday.
The deaths in Harare have many fearing a repeat of the outbreak that killed thousands at the height of the southern African country’s economic problems in 2008.