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New-Drilled Wells In Harare Bolster Zimbabwe's Battle Against Cholera

Zimbabwe's fight against a longrunning and deadly cholera epidemic has been boosted by about 70 boreholes installed around Harare by the United Nations Children's Fund and which are now dispensing clean water to residents still not served by the public water system.

But UNICEF communications officer Tsitsi Singizi said the boreholes are a medium-term solution and that water service cuts set back efforts to end the cholera epidemic.

World Health Organization said in its latest update on the epidemic that 4,127 have died of cholera since August 2008, while the cumulative total of cases had risen to 94,277.

Singizi told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the Harare City Council must urgently tackle lingering water problems in the municipal water system over which it has reassumed control if outbreaks in the capital are to end.

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