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Civil Society petition government over typhoid

22 CSOs today petitioned the coalition government to immediately set up effective strategies to address the continued outbreaks of preventable and medieval diseases such as Typhoid and Cholera in Zimbabwe. The CSOs came together to seek an explanation from the government on its plans and actions on the outbreaks that have become the order of life in Zimbabwe.

The petition which was released at a press conference suggests that the Typhoid and Cholera epidemics if ignored can reach pandemic levels, especially given the fact that the past week had witnessed at least two hundred (200) cases of Typhoid in parts of Harare and Chitungwiza.

The panel at the Press Conference, which had the Chairperson of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) Simbabrashe Moyo, The Director of Harare Residents Trust (Precious Shumba, The Director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO's Forum, Mr Abel Chikomo, and the Director of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Mr McDonald Lewanika, lamented governments failure to learn from previous outbreaks from 2008 and 2009 when Zimbabwe recorded its largest ever Cholera outbreak that affected more than 100 000 people.

The panel argued that the on-going inaction and ineptitude in dealing with the typhoid outbreak brought to the fore the fact that Zimbabwe as a nation does not have a strategy to deal with these outbreaks, a situation which they argued is exacerbated by the absence of a national water policy, 32 years after independence.

The panellists lamented the fact that even though rates and water bills accounted for over 50% of Harare City Councils revenue annually, the provisions of safe water itself, did not seem to be a priority.

The petition, which was just launched, has already attracted close 1800 signatures, and will be lobbied in Harare and Chitungwiza for more signatures by the residents movements and Coalitions.   The target number of signatures was stated as 1 million. The petition was also sent to various government officials and the organisations are in the process of setting up meetings the Prime Ministers Office, the Presidents Office and relevant line Ministries and council departments.

Find attached a copy of the Petition that was presented to the Coalition Government:

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