There has been renewed fears in Zimbabweans western high-density suburbs following a spate of diarrhoea cases. r Over 50 cases of diarrhoea were recorded in Glen View, Glen Norah and Budiriro suburbs This has evoked painful memories of recent outbreaks of cholera and typhoid that left scores of people dead.

Harare City Council’s health services director Dr Prosper Chonzi who spoke to the Herald said so far it seems it’s not cholera or typhoid:

We have been examining stools from the patients and we have not yet confirmed whether it is cholera or typhoid; we just believe that it could just be infectious diarrhoea.

We have a 24-hour rapid response team that works on surveillance and since yesterday the team has been busy distributing medicine and non-food items.

The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has also expressed concern over the threats posed by poor service delivery in the three areas.

Budiriro is one of the areas that was hard hit by the cholera outbreak which claimed thousands of lives in Harare, yet sewer bursts continue to be the norm in the area

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