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Vol 49 No 24

Published 28th November 2008


Zimbabwe

Greed in a time of cholera

Madhouse market economics and avaricious leaders are fuelling catastrophe as cholera begins to spread

The rains have barely broken and already deaths from cholera have been reported in all but one of Zimbabwe’s ten provinces. The United Nations and local doctors report that more than 6,000 people contracted cholera this month – and over 300 died of it. There are health warnings in newspapers and on the television along with panic reports that neighbouring states may close their borders as sick Zimbabweans seek treatment outside their country. Medical treatment is hard to find; staff at Harare’s main hospital, demonstrating against the closure of wards and lack of facilities, medicines and pay, met the usual heavy response from the riot police.

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