HARARE – The cholera scare is now under control as the country has gone for three days without recording new cases, while all suspected cases have also tested negative.

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All the 12 confirmed cases of cholera recorded in the country in the last fortnight have since been treated and the patients have been discharged.

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According to the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa, there is now only one person in Manicaland Province who has not yet been discharged from hospital.

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There are however unconfirmed reports that Beitbridge has recorded 38 suspected cases of cholera, which Dr Parirenyatwa dismissed.

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Meanwhile, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has commissioned a fully automated condom testing machine worth US$292 000.

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“Other countries in the SADC region and beyond have been contracting Zimbabwe to test condoms for them. The availability of the new equipment is going to attract more contracts for the country,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

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The machine was procured by funds from the National Aids Council (NAC).

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“Besides supporting various HIV interventions, NAC is now procuring at least 30% of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) that are being distributed under the national programme,” confirmed Dr Evaristo Marowa, the NAC Board Chairperson.

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A demonstration of how the equipment works was conducted for stakeholders in the health sector who attended the commissioning ceremony.

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The use of condoms and other prevention methods have been cited as one of the contributing factors to the significant reduction of HIV prevalence rate in the country .