Pestilence Update

Zimbabwe declares state of emergency after cholera outbreak claims 20 lives

Bog note: And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11). Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. This verse from Luke is one of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains that occur in greater severity, frequency, size and duration prior to giving birth. End of note.

Cholera is a form of Pestilence or Disease.

The Wed 12 Sep 2018 07.33 EDT

Zimbabwe declares state of emergency after cholera outbreak claims 20 lives

Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency after a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare killed 20 people and left more than 2,000 infected from contaminated drinking water.

The government has also shut schools and banned the sale of meat and fish by vendors in affected areas, said the new health minister, Obadiah Moyo. Police are expected to enforce the ban.

“We are declaring an emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on. We don’t want any further deaths,” Moyo said after touring a hospital treating patients.

The outbreak, which resulted from burst sewers in the high-density suburbs of Budiriro and Glenview, has since spread to four other provinces, according to local media. Harare’s city council has long struggled to supply water to all areas of the capital, with antiquated equipment and infrastructure often forcing residents to drink water from boreholes and open wells. Some households have been without water for nearly two decades.

To curb the spread of disease, the health ministry has urged the public to avoid unlicensed food premises and not to urinate or defecate in the open. The government has also begun sending public service messages by text message, local media have reported, with tips offered on how to avoid cholera and typhoid and when to go to the clinic.

Harare has requested drinking water from UN agencies and private companies, with the World Health Organization expected to help control the outbreak and possibly start a vaccination programme.

“Partners are already there and are establishing a cholera treatment centre,” WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told Reuters. “WHO is preparing material for patients care as well and is mobilising cholera experts.”

The crisis made headlines just days after 47 African governments pledged to end cholera outbreaks by 2030, with campaigners warning that governments need to “put their money where their mouth is” to curb the disease.

The pledge – which targets a 90% reduction in the number of cholera deaths by 2030 – would require nations to take evidence-based action to tackle outbreaks, including improved patient access to time-sensitive treatment and wider use of the oral cholera vaccine.

“Cholera is a symbol of inequity,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa. “It’s an ancient disease, which has been eliminated in many parts of the world. Every death from cholera is preventable. We have the knowhow and today countries have shown that they have the will to do whatever it takes to end cholera outbreaks by 2030.”

Dan Jones, advocacy coordinator for policy and campaigns at WaterAid, said that target was “certainly feasible if there is a real step change in the investment the countries in the region put into prevention measures like water sanitation and hygiene”.

Jones said: “It should be a wake-up call to the countries in the African region. In some countries there has been a belated recognition as to how big this problem is. Now the question is whether they put their money where their mouth is.”

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