|THIS SIMPLY DOES NOT HAVE TO BE|
SW Radio Africa tells us, "Typhoid has been reported in Zimbabwe since last year and the worst affected have been the densely populated areas around Harare's centre, including Kuwadzana and Mufakose. That outbreak threatened to spread across the country, after cases were confirmed in Bindura, Mashonaland Central and Norton and Zvimba in Mashonaland West." Other outbreaks of typhoid, dysentery and other diseases caused by poor water conditions have been reported since 2008 in Harare and elsewhere. While the dilapidated water and sanitation systems are again being blamed for another round of water-borne diseases, the government is clearly responsible for the deterioration of the water system.
Along with disease there have been repeated interruptions in water services to thousands.Some areas are going for weeks without water. People cannot bathe, wash, or are forced to drink untreated water enabling the spread of disease such as typhoid and cholera. Says the Standard, "Without adequate water supplies, residents will troop back to the unprotected shallow wells and drains, putting themselves at risk of contracting water-borne diseases. Who wants another cholera outbreak?"
City governments have been of little help and are in reality just another part of the problem.
The Empire cares even less then its local satrap.
This does not have to be. There is money to take care of some of this, yet the government seems to think a new shopping center is more important then the health of its citizens. Business is more important then life.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has attributed the typhoid outbreak to biological warfare and Western sanctions. Few are buying this pass off.
SW Radio Africa reports:
Civil society groups have now banded together to pressure the higher levels
of government to do more, with a petition being handed Robert Mugabe, Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, as well as the ministries of Local Government,
Water Resources Development and Health and Child Welfare. The petition is
also addressed to the Mayors of Harare and Chitungwiza.
“We, the undersigned citizens and represented Civil Society Organisations,
do hereby petition the Government of Zimbabwe through the relevant
ministries and local authorities to immediately set up effective strategies
to address the recurring problems of the outbreak of the typhoid fever and
cholera in Zimbabwe,” read part of the petition.
Addressing a press conference in Harare on Wednesday Abel Chikomo, the
Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, said they had so far
gathered 1,795 signatures from concerned Zimbabweans. The target is to
collect a million signatures.
Civil society has also demanded that the government immediately set up a
commission of inquiry to investigate the outbreaks throughout the country
and recommend solutions to end to the problem. The government is also being
pressured to come up with long term strategies that include a clear plan to
provide clean water, and to disperse necessary funds and technical
Me thinks it is going to take more than a petition.
The following is from the Standard via All Africa.