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Facing Deadly Cholera, Zimbabweans Urge Stronger Public Awareness Campaign

With anti-cholera efforts in Zimbabwe focused on boosting public awareness of prevention and emergency treatment options for those unable to reach treatment centers, Zimbabweans Tuesday offered a mixed assessment of current outreach efforts by the government.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said the total of cases in the past six months rose to 64,701 as of Monday claiming 3,295 lives. Two in three deaths have occurred outside treatment centers, making emergency treatment by family and friends critical.

Harare resident Fungayi Kambasha said he hopes the epidemic will be brought to an end now that the government has returned the control of public water supplies from the Zimbabwe National Water Authority, widely criticized as inept, back to local governments.

Aron Mhlanga of Bulawayo told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he is disappointed with the government's role in public awareness programs, saying it must do more to give wide dissemination to the messages being put out by non-governmental organizations concerning cholera prevention and treatment.

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