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Cholera Vaccination Expanded in Zimbabwe | News [Video]

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On Tuesday, the Zimbabwean government extended oral cholera vaccination in the capital Harare amid a marked decline in new cases countrywide.

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Due to the decline, the government also authorized the decommissioning of cholera treatment centers in areas where cases have reduced to zero, with the equipment and supplies being redistributed to emerging hotspots, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Jenfan Muswere said at a press briefing.

Zimbabwe reported a 7 percent decrease in new cholera cases during the past week, with new cases emanating mainly from unsupervised religious gatherings and funerals, and mobile artisanal miners residing in compounds with poor water and sanitation facilities, poor hand hygiene practices and recurrent bursts of sewer reticulation systems in urban areas, Muswere said.

In response to the cholera challenges, Muswere said that more community health workers have been deployed to conduct door-to-door health education, administer oral rehydration solutions in communities and promote good …

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