Speaking to ZBC Harare City Council’s director for health services, Dr Prosper Chonzi said that 17 cases of typhoid have been confirmed at Matapi Flats in Mbare. He said that 12 patients have since been transferred to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospitals (BRIDH).
He said that a 24-hour ambulance has been dispatched to ferry the sick. Said Dr Chonzi:
So far, we have confirmed 17 cases of typhoid. Those that are too sick to be managed in the clinic are being transferred to BRIDH. There is an ambulance that is there 24 hours to ferry the sick patients. As we speak, 12 people are admitted at our BRIDH. We have not yet had any fatalities; we hope that it remains like that. If people came in early, we will be able to manage the treatment in terms of antibiotics.
Dr Chonzi said that they are now considering introducing vaccines. The new outbreak happens two months after Government declared Harare typhoid free.