Zimbabwean Minister of Science and Technology Heneri Dzinotyiwei, member of parliament for Budiriro, Harare, an early epicenter of the cholera epidemic still claiming lives in the country, said Monday that the national response is having a impact.
Dzinotyiwei said he has been pleased with the work of humanitarian organizations treating cholera in his constituency. He said a sufficient number of cholera treatment centers have been set up and that they have been instrumental in reducing cholera deaths.
As of Sunday the cholera death toll had risen to 4,111 from a cumulative total of 93,849 cases since last August, the World Health Organization reported.
But Dzinotyiwei told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he is still concerned about the quality of local drinking water and sewage leaks that pose an infection risk.