Health Minister Expressed Concern Over Insufficient Cholera Vaccine Supply
Health Minister Douglas Mombeshora has voiced concern about the insufficient supply of cholera vaccine in Zimbabwe.
Mombeshora addressed questions from lawmakers in Parliament regarding the government’s efforts to combat the spread of cholera. The region, including Zimbabwe, is grappling with a severe cholera outbreak, with over 200,000 cases and 3,000 deaths reported so far.
Since the outbreak began in February last year, Zimbabwe has recorded over 20,000 cases across its 10 provinces, with 452 confirmed deaths and 300 suspected deaths.
Mombeshora highlighted the challenge of vaccine availability, stating, “The problem is that the vaccines are not adequate to provide enough for every country in need.” He mentioned collaborative efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef to distribute vaccines equitably among affected countries.
Zimbabwe has received 892,000 doses out of the 2.3 million doses allocated, with plans to distribute them across the country. The government anticipates receiving additional vaccines in the future.