Hundreds dead in Zimbabwe malaria outbreak

malaria controlFrom NDABENI MLOTHSWA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – A MALARIA outbreak linked to devastating floods has killed about 200 people in beleaguered Zimbabwe.
The 194 casualties have been recorded from a cumulative figure of 134 223 reported cases since the flooding began in January.
The areas suffering the aftermath of flooding meanwhile are at risk of outbreaks of the typhoid situation currently tormenting the capital Harare and nearby districts where five deaths have been recorded from over 1 900 cases.
Worryingly, in the affected districts where thousands are displaced, children aged under five face imminent outbreaks of vaccine preventable conditions, particularly measles and cholera.
Matabeleland North, South and Midlands Provinces are worst affected.
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), said about 5 000 women and children across all 36 flood-affected districts were in need of immediate lifesaving protection services.
Exposure to gender-based violence remains high as a consequence of damaged infrastructure, which hinders access to services.
Some 16 unaccompanied and separated children have been provided with alternative care arrangements.
“There is an urgent need to build capacity in the management of these conditions and ensure adequate supplies of medicines and supplementary commodities,” said a UNOCHA spokesperson.
The floods have coincided with the ongoing response to the El Niño-induced drought, which has affected more than 5,2 million people countrywide, slightly less than half the country’s total population.
More than 250 people have been killed, 128 injured and 100 000 lack access to safe drinking water after the floods.
The floods have resulted in extensive damage to infrastructure including roads, schools and health institutions. More than 140 dams have been destroyed.
The floods have affected children’s access to education.
About 400 schools where over 166 200 children were enrolled have been destroyed.
– CAJ News

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