짐바베의 로버트 무가베 대통령은, 정부의 노력으로 짐바브웨에서 콜레라 전염병 만연이 해소되었다고 밝혔습니다. 이번 콜레라 만연으로 무가베 대통령은 서방 지도자들로부터 대통령직 사임 압력을 받았습니다.

그러나 영국에 본부를 둔 자선단체, 세이브더칠드런은 11일, 짐바브웨에서 콜레라만연이 여전히 악화되고 있다는 증거가 많다며, 많은 주민들이 콜레라 치료센터까지 가지 못하고 있다고 밝혔습니다.

유엔은 현재까지 짐바브웨에서 콜레라로 의심되는 감염자가 1만 6천 명 이상이며, 이 중 783명이 사망했다고 집계했습니다. 이런 가운데 남아프리카공화국은 짐바브웨와의 국경지대를 콜레라 재해지역으로 선포했습니다.

*****

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says his government has stopped a cholera epidemic that prompted Western leaders to call for his resignation, but a British charity says the outbreak is worsening.

The head of Save the Children in Zimbabwe (Rachel Pounds) said today (Thursday) there is much evidence the crisis is growing, and that many people have been unable to get to cholera treatment centers.

The United Nations raised the death toll from the cholera outbreak to 783, with more than 16-thousand suspected cases. Meanwhile, South Africa declared a border district with Zimbabwe a disaster area because of the spreading water-borne disease.

Earlier today, Mr. Mugabe made a nationally televised speech in which he said Zimbabwe's doctors assisted by others, including the World Health Organization, had been able to stop cholera.

The long-time post-independence leader said Western powers were plotting to use cholera as an excuse to topple him.