By Tsitsi Marange
The Gweru United Residents Association (GURA) has lamented over the political blame game being played by Zanu-PF officials and MDC city fathers over the typhoid outbreak that recently claimed over 12 lives.
GURA Chairman, Charles Rutsate said that the loss of lives could have been avoided if people had worked together in fighting the epidemic rather than pointing fingers.
“This political blame game is the reason why many people lost their lives because instead of fighting typhoid, some of these politicians spend most of their time trying to prove each other wrong,” said Rutsate.
Rutsate explained that they are standing in the gap created by politicians educating residents about typhoid and cholera.
“We took it upon ourselves as an association to educate people about typhoid and cholera rather than pointing fingers,
We are working tirelessly with the city council and NGOs in teaching residents about typhoid and cholera since we are conducting gatherings at churches and schools, he added.”
Rutsate said they were holding door to door campaigns and outreaches as a way of raising awareness about the outbreak.
“Apart from gatherings, we are having door to door campaigns and outreaches to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of typhoid. We encourage residents to boil water before drinking, cook their food thoroughly and eat it while it is hot. They should also wash hands after visiting the toilet,” he said.
He encouraged residents to desist from throwing litter in undesignated places to prevent the spread of diseases.
“Residents should not throw trash everywhere but should rather place it in bins, for refuse trucks to collect. In the event that one experiences signs and symptoms of typhoid, they should visit the clinic right away,” he ended.