(2011; 39 pages)
Like other epidemic prone diarrhoeal diseases, Typhoid is notified officially to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare on a weekly basis through the Rapid Disease Notification System; and daily updates are required during outbreaks. This is important as it will enable the Ministry to follow the evolution of the outbreak and guide the adoption of appropriate management strategies.
During the outbreak, challenges were reported in diagnosis and confirmation of Typhoid, as well as in public health management. Given the continued vulnerability of Zimbabwe to outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases including Typhoid, it became important for all healthcare workers to be informed on the correct detection and management of typhoid. This will enable them to better inform communities, raising awareness of these waterborne diseases as well as improve their own competencies towards these. It is for this reason that I have commissioned the production of these typhoid management guidelines to ensure that technical standards for management are available to all health workers.
This document provides technical guidance to all health providers on how to successfully control Typhoid fever.