Zimbabwe Govt Launches Door-To-Door Cholera Vaccination Campaign

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To find lasting solution to the cholera outbreak, the Zimbabwe government has launched a cholera vaccination campaign.

The campaign is targeting more than two million people against the waterborne disease.

The current outbreak, which began early last year, has been linked to more than 400 deaths and over 21,000 suspected infections and about half of the cases involve children.

The vaccination campaign is being done house-to-house in collaboration with the UN agencies and is targeting Zimbabweans aged one year or older.

Health authorities are giving priority to 26 districts considered to be the epicentres of the disease.

The southern Africa region has been battling a cholera epidemic since early last year.

The outbreak has resulted in more than 188,000 infections and over 3,000 deaths, mainly in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia, the UN’s humanitarian agency, Ocha, says.