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23:25, 24 April 2014 Thursday
Update: 11:48, 01 February 2009 Sunday

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Turkey's IHH delivers medication to Zimbabwe cholera patients
Turkey's IHH delivers medication to Zimbabwe cholera patients

IHH said "South Africa Republic has made it very difficult to take cholera medicines out of the country, while Zimbabweans are fighting against the disease."

Turkey's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation said it extended its help to Zimbabwe, where cholera has so far claimed 1,400 lives.

Hundreds of cholera patients were spared from death thanks to medication distributed by IHH teams in the country.

 

 

The officials of the IHH said they purchased required medication from producers in South Africa and delivered them to the Zimbabwean hospitals running out of cholera medication.

The medicines were handed to Epworth Clinic and Nazareth Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital, the biggest hospital of its kind in the Zimbabwean capital Harare.

 

 

The medicines purchased from South Africa will help protect hundreds of affected people against cholera.

After being told by physicians that cholera patients could not recover easily due to undernourishment, IHH teams supplied the hospital with foodstuff. Cholera patients are expected to recover rapidly after taking enough food.

 Zimbabwe is experiencing the worst cholera outbreak of its history. Cholera cases are rapidly spreading countrywide.

 

 

Zimbabwe had shortages of clean drinking water and health services in the past, but cholera had never spread so widely.

IHH said "South Africa Republic has made it very difficult to take cholera medicines out of the country, while Zimbabweans are fighting against the disease. The permit of Medicines Council of South Africa is needed to take medicines out of the country."

"However, it is quite difficult to obtain such a permit because of bureaucratic difficulties. Our teams obtained the required permit after long talks and delivered cholera medicines to Zimbabwe," IHH said.

It was reported that around 800,000 people have so far been affected by cholera in Zimbabwe.

Agencies



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