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    Zimbabwe : Cholera kills 473

    Cholera kills 473 in Zimbabwe: WHO
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    HARARE (AFP) — Cholera has killed 473 people in Zimbabwe in the latest outbreak of the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Harare said in a report, a copy of which was received Tuesday.

    "A large cholera outbreak is affecting most regions of the country, with more than 11,700 cases and 473 deaths recorded between August and November 30," Custodia Mandlhate, of the WHO's Zimbabwe office, wrote in the report.

    "This represents a case fatality rate (CFR) of 4.0 percent nationally, but reached 50 percent in some areas during the early stages of the outbreak. The CFR benchmark should be below one percent," the statement said.

    It warned that the fatality rate "may rapidly escalate in populations without rapid access to simple treatments."

    Zimbabwe Health Minister David Parirenyatwa had said on Sunday that the official death toll stood at 425 with 11,071 cases.

    The United Nations warned on Friday that the water-borne disease was also spreading into neighbouring Botswana and South Africa.

    The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that a total of 9,908 cases had been recorded in the impoverished southern African country.

    "The cholera outbreak has strained Zimbabwe's overburdened health care system and resulted in a nationwide shortage of medicines and other materials for treatment, aggravating the scarcity of health care providers and the poor access to overall care," WHO said.

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    R2P ??


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    Saw this on the news this morning. Zimbabwe now has the lowest life expectancy of any (even darkie) country in the world. Average age of male life expectancy = 37 yo....

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    We've got the cholerer in camp -- it's worse than forty fights;
    We're dyin' in the wilderness the same as Isrulites;
    It's before us, an' be'ind us, an' we cannot get away,
    An' the doctor's just reported we've ten more to-day!

    Oh, strike your camp an' go, the Bugle's callin',
    The Rains are fallin' --
    The dead are bushed an' stoned to keep 'em safe below;
    The Band's a-doin' all she knows to cheer us;
    The Chaplain's gone and prayed to Gawd to 'ear us --
    To 'ear us --
    O Lord, for it's a-killin' of us so!

    Since August, when it started, it's been stickin' to our tail,
    Though they've 'ad us out by marches an' they've 'ad us back by rail;
    But it runs as fast as troop-trains, and we cannot get away;
    An' the sick-list to the Colonel makes ten more to-day.

    There ain't no fun in women nor there ain't no bite to drink;
    It's much too wet for shootin', we can only march and think;
    An' at evenin', down the nullahs, we can 'ear the jackals say,
    "Get up, you rotten beggars, you've ten more to-day!"

    'Twould make a monkey cough to see our way o' doin' things --
    Lieutenants takin' companies an' captains takin' wings,
    An' Lances actin' Sergeants -- eight file to obey --
    For we've lots o' quick promotion on ten deaths a day!

    Our Colonel's white an' twitterly -- 'e gets no sleep nor food,
    But mucks about in 'orspital where nothing does no good.
    'E sends us 'eaps o' comforts, all bought from 'is pay --
    But there aren't much comfort 'andy on ten deaths a day.

    Our Chaplain's got a banjo, an' a skinny mule 'e rides,
    An' the stuff 'e says an' sings us, Lord, it makes us split our sides!
    With 'is black coat-tails a-bobbin' to Ta-ra-ra Boom-der-ay!
    'E's the proper kind o' padre for ten deaths a day.

    An' Father Victor 'elps 'im with our Roman Catholicks --
    He knows an 'eap of Irish songs an' rummy conjurin' tricks;
    An' the two they works together when it comes to play or pray;
    So we keep the ball a-rollin' on ten deaths a day.

    We've got the cholerer in camp -- we've got it 'ot an' sweet;
    It ain't no Christmas dinner, but it's 'elped an' we must eat.
    We've gone beyond the funkin', 'cause we've found it doesn't pay,
    An' we're rockin' round the Districk on ten deaths a day!

    Then strike your camp an' go, the Rains are fallin',
    The Bugle's callin'!
    The dead are bushed an' stoned to keep 'em safe below!
    An' them that do not like it they can lump it,
    An' them that cannot stand it they can jump it;
    We've got to die somewhere -- some way -- some'ow --
    We might as well begin to do it now!
    Then, Number One, let down the tent-pole slow,
    Knock out the pegs an' 'old the corners -- so!
    Fold in the flies, furl up the ropes, an' stow!
    Oh, strike -- oh, strike your camp an' go!
    (Gawd 'elp us!)


    -THE END-

    Rudyard Kipling's poem: Cholera Camp
    Mortals you defy the Gods, I sentence you to travel among unknown stars, until you find the Kingdom of Hades, your bodies will stay as lifeless as stone.

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    Zimbabwe Declares Cholera Emergency
    By BARRY BEARAK
    Published: December 4, 2008

    JOHANNESBURG — The Zimbabwean health minister, David Parirenyatwa, has declared the nation’s cholera outbreak a national emergency and appealed for outside help, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported on Thursday. The epidemic has claimed more than 560 lives.


    The news emerged a day after riot police officers brandishing batons charged into a group of 100 doctors and nurses on Wednesday in Harare, the capital, breaking up a demonstration for better pay and working conditions in a nation suffering from both the cholera outbreak and an economy in free fall.

    The health workers, many dressed in uniform, fled as the police approached. Nearby, teachers and other union members tried to join the protest but were clubbed by yet more police officers, and at least 15 were arrested.

    Earlier in the day, armed men identifying themselves as the police officers took a human rights activist, Jestina Mukoko, from her home in what Amnesty International called “part of an established pattern of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders.” Ms. Mukoko, whose whereabouts are unknown, is director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, an organization that has been documenting rights abuses.

    The cholera epidemic and the new crackdown on dissent come in a country already mired in desperation. The government is paralyzed by a stalemated power-sharing deal, and the official inflation rate is 231 million percent. Grocery shelves are largely barren. Most public hospitals and schools are closed.

    According to the Herald, Mr. Parirenyatwa, the health minister, said many hospitals were in urgent need of drugs, food and equipment. He also cited the critical shortage of staff in hospitals adding that those remaining had “no zeal” to work, the Herald said.

    By declaring an emergency, the health minister was able to appeal for outside help which, he said, “will help us reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the current socio-economic environment by December 2009.”

    The newspaper quoted the minister as telling potential donors: "Our central hospitals are literally not functioning. Our staff is demotivated and we need your support to ensure that they start coming to work and our health system is revived." He listed urgent requirements as including medicines, laboratory reagents, surgical sundries, renal and laundry equipment, X-ray films and boilers, the Herald said.

    Since August, cholera deaths have risen to 565, according to the United Nations. More than 12,500 people are infected, and to make matters worse, in Harare water itself has become scarce as a dysfunctional government lacks the chemicals to purify the drinking supply. Many businesses have shut because of the sanitation problems.

    To add to the chaos, soldiers, angered at the meagerness of their deflated pay, on Monday rampaged through central Harare, breaking windows, looting stores and robbing the money changers who deal in foreign currency. Armed police officers had to disperse the marauding troops with tear gas.

    The demonstrations on Wednesday brought yet another macabre scene of violence. The police “assaulted several women, some of them pregnant,” said Lovemore Matombo, president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.

    The protesters, upset about restrictions that kept them from reclaiming their increasingly worthless cash, had been marching with placards. One read, “We want all our money!” Another said, “People are dying of preventable disease!”

    Many onlookers were standing in long lines at banks, and they watched with a contradictory set of anxieties, afraid of being shot but reluctant to risk losing their place.

    “I don’t want to die now,” said one observer, Mary Muzanenhamo, a mother of two boys. “I have kids to look after. I just hope this crisis will soon be over and we can start on a new chapter.”

    Among the protesters who were arrested were Wellington Chibebe, secretary general of the Congress of Trade Unions, and Raymond Majongwe, secretary general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Mr. Matombo said. All those arrested were released.

    More than 50 others were arrested in demonstrations throughout the country, according to a statement by the Congress of Trade Unions, and several of those protesters remained jailed.

    Earlier, some union members had presented a petition to Gideon Gono, the powerful governor of the nation’s Reserve Bank. The wages of many salaried workers are paid directly into bank accounts, and Mr. Gono had promised to raise the amount people can withdraw from 500,000 Zimbabwean dollars each day, which is now a paltry 20 cents, to 100 million Zimbabwean dollars, or about $40, each week.

    The health care workers had their own particular complaints. “We are forced to work without basic health institutional needs like drugs, adequate water and sanitation, safe clothing gear, medical equipment and support services,” read a protest letter from the Zimbabwe Doctors’ Association.

    Conditions in hospitals and clinics have been steadily deteriorating. Basic medicines are absent. There is no thread for suturing or needles for injections. The health system was already in collapse when the cholera epidemic struck.

    This week, Unicef announced an emergency response to the worsening conditions. So did the European Commission and the International Red Cross.

    “Cholera is a disease of destitution that used to be almost unknown in Zimbabwe,” Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, told The Associated Press.

    He was referring to a time when Zimbabwe was a breadbasket of the region. But during the past decade this nation has plunged into ruin, one reason being the confiscation of white-owned farms by the government of Robert Mugabe.

    In elections last March, the 84-year-old Mr. Mugabe, who has headed the country for nearly 30 years, was outpolled by opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai. Forces loyal to the president then unleashed a campaign of violence before a runoff vote set for June. The brutality caused Mr. Tsvangirai to withdraw from the second election.

    Regional leaders finally coaxed the two sides into a power-sharing deal with Mr. Mugabe’s remaining as president and Mr. Tsvangirai’s becoming prime minister. But though the agreement was hailed as a breakthrough, vital details have never been ironed out and the arrangement has been stymied by disputes over who will control central government ministries.

    A journalist contributed reporting from Harare, Zimbabwe, and Alan Cowell from London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Average age of male life expectancy = 37 yo....
    What's so funny about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    He was referring to a time when Zimbabwe was a breadbasket of the region. But during the past decade this nation has plunged into ruin, one reason being the confiscation of white-owned farms by the government of Robert Mugabe.
    OH Yes, that was when Belgium I think, was kind of running it and there were farmers that employed the darkies and everyone had a home and a paycheck and food in the larder. And Rhodesia fed a lot of the world.
    Then the darkies thought that why should they work for the white dudes when they could do a better job of running the country so they killed a lot of the white Honkies and ran the rest off and renamed their country Zimbabwe, now they are in FAT CITY so why don't everyone just stay away from them and let them run their country as they wish to.

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    sigh ,

    the current Cholera outbreak will do for starters ,

    you get the disease to stop at the countries border BG and we'll talk again ....................

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    Well when it crosses the border, maybe the place that it wants to go might have the coin to give their people the shots to prevent it from causing havoc with that country.
    Ya know, someplace where Mugabe hadn't stole all the money.


    If Belgium was still running things in Rhodesia then there would be no cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe.

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    Rhodesia was a British colony, not that it makes any difference, the whiteys all had the same effect wherever they did their bidding.

    There wouldn't be no cholera in Africa if dirty whiteys hadn't brought it there.

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    I'd imagine that cholera would be the least of your health worries in Zimbabwe. 400 would only be a good weekend's shooting for Mugabe's thugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    OH Yes, that was when Belgium I think, was kind of running it and there were farmers that employed the darkies and everyone had a home and a paycheck and food in the larder. And Rhodesia fed a lot of the world. Then the darkies thought that why should they work for the white dudes when they could do a better job of running the country so they killed a lot of the white Honkies and ran the rest off and renamed their country Zimbabwe, now they are in FAT CITY so why don't everyone just stay away from them and let them run their country as they wish to.
    Your ignorance is astounding, how do you function on a day-to-day basis?

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    Mugabe: 'No Cholera In Zimbabwe'
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    10:02am UK, Thursday December 11, 2008

    Robert Mugabe has denied there is a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, despite the UN saying hundreds of people have died of the disease.


    A woman cares for her child, a victim of the disease in Goma

    In a televised speech to the nation, the president said that cholera no longer existed in the country.

    "I am happy to say our doctors have been assisted by others and WHO (the World Health Organisation)... so now that there is no cholera," he said.

    Mugabe also hit back at calls from Gordon Brown and George Bush for him to step down.

    "Because of cholera, Mr Brown wants a military intervention," he said.

    "Bush wants military intervention because of cholera."

    "There is no cause for war any more," Mugabe continued.

    "The cholera cause doesn't exist any more."


    Deadlock: Mugabe and Tsvangirai

    Mugabe's announcement came after South Africa declared a cholera disaster on its border with Zimbabwe.

    A government official said the spillover from the epidemic was putting a huge strain on health resources.

    Health and water ministers from across southern Africa are meeting today to discuss the outbreak in Zimbabwe that, according to the UN, has killed more than 770 people.

    Officials from South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia - part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - will meet in Johannesburg.

    The United Nations says more than 16,000 cases of the deadly but treatable disease have been reported - half of them in just one Harare suburb.

    South Africa, which chairs SADC, is to send a team to Zimbabwe to investigate how it can help with food and humanitarian aid.

    Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, has come under a barrage of international pressure to step down amid the worsening epidemic.

    The president, his main rival Morgan Tsvangirai and a smaller political party are currently deadlocked in discussions over a stalled power-sharing agreement.

    The deal, signed in Harare on September 15, has yet to be implemented because the parties cannot agree on who should control key ministries.

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    Cholera is 'S African disaster'
    Thursday, 11 December 2008


    Nearly 800 people have died from cholera in Zimbabwe

    South African officials have declared part of their border with Zimbabwe a disaster area amid a cholera epidemic.

    "Extraordinary measures are needed to deal with the situation," Limpopo provincial government spokesman Mogale Nchabeleng told Reuters news agency.

    He said the declaration affected Vhembe district, which includes the border crossing point of Musina.

    Hundreds of Zimbabweans have sought treatment in South Africa as their health services are close to collapse.

    Nearly 800 people have died from cholera in Zimbabwe and 16,000 been treated.

    In Limpopo, South Africa's northernmost province, at least eight people have died from the easily preventable disease and more than 660 people have been treated.

    "The provincial government took a decision that the whole of the Vhembe district should be declared a disaster area," Mr Nchabeleng said.

    The disaster status would free up funding and focus relief efforts, he added.

    South African Health Minister Barbara Hogan visited the affected region on Wednesday to assess the situation.

    She warned the epidemic will probably keep getting worse until a new government is formed in Zimbabwe.

    President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have been deadlocked in power-sharing negotiations for several months.

    South Africa and former President Thabo Mbeki is mediating the talks. The MDC has accused Mr Mbeki of not putting enough pressure on Mr Mugabe to share power. Some three million Zimbabweans are believed to have entered South Africa to seek work due to the collapse of Zimbabwe's economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Average age of male life expectancy = 37 yo....
    What's so funny about that?
    It just made me chortle for some reason. Something about countries getting the government they deserve, and the fact that I've passed this landmark of longevity by a few years already.

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    It's all Britain's fault.

    Mugabe said so.

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    we know he's mad ,

    may be certifiable ( don't ask me by who ) now

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiff
    There wouldn't be no cholera in Africa if dirty whiteys hadn't brought it there.
    And if it wasn't for dirty Indians shitting in the Ganges there would be no Cholera at all.

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    Mugabe-"the whiteys deliberately infected us with cholera so they can take the country over!"

    Classic madman.

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