A HEALTH hazard is looming in Mbundane residential area of Upper Rangemore in Bulawayo where more than 3 000 residents share only two communal blair toilets resulting in some residents using nearby bushes to relieve themselves.
The residents called for the intervention of the government to help improve their deplorable living conditions that expose them to various waterborne diseases.
Residents’ chairperson David Luphahla told Southern Eye that children were always being hospitalised as a result of diseases such as dysentery and cholera.
“This area is not friendly to us,” Luphahla said.
“We need accommodation and we have these houses, but in terms of water, we are failing to access it. This has caused problems for us and we are sitting on a health time bomb.”
Luphahla also added that they were buying water from Emganwini residents which costs R2 for 20 litres.
“We are buying water from Emganwini and Rangemore residents. If you don’t have money, you are forced to drink water from unprotected sources. This is very bad. The conditions that we live in are inhuman,” he said.
In separate interviews, residents said they were afraid of an outbreak of diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea, especially with the onset of the rainy season.