Nine people have reportedly been admitted at Norton’s Hospital on suspicion of typhoid infection following use of water from a supposedly contaminated borehole at Christ Citadel in Ward 5.
The borehole was reported contaminated some time ago but some people have continued using the water as shortages continue taking their toll on the community.
A Councillor within NortonTown Council (NTC) revealed that he had just been told of the news today.
Norton has been facing water shortages for some time as Harare, it’s source, has been failing to provide adequate supplies due to macro-economic challenges.
This has increased the use of boreholes to alleviate the situation.
The issue of contaminated boreholes has previously been highlighted by some local NGO’s with indications that the larger percentage of urban boreholes are contaminated by sewerage.
If true the news is a huge setback following the country’s recent completion of the first African mass vaccination of Typbar-typhoid conjugate vaccine which is new unlike the routine typhoid immunization.
Zimbabwe is the first country in Africa to have the vaccine and to have used it in the continent’s first-ever mass typhoid vaccination campaign.
Typhoid Fever is a gastrointestinal infection caused by Salmonella enterica typhi bacteria.
It is transmitted from person to person through the fecal-oral route where an infected or asymptomatic individual (who does not exhibit symptoms) with poor hand or body hygiene passes the infection to another person when handling food and water.