THE Bulawayo City Council yesterday dispatched health department officials to the Bulawayo Polytechnic College following an outbreak of diarrhoea at the institution last weekend after drinking suspected contaminated tap water.
According to students at the institution, council officials said they had taken samples of water from the college’s taps for testing.
“The team was moving from department to department educating students on preventive ways to diseases like cholera. They said they had taken samples of water from the school for testing at the laboratories,” a student who attended the meeting said.
Another student said the council team also advised students to boil water before drinking.
“They gave us a number of options on using the water. They said if we wanted to consume the water, we should boil it first,” the student said.
“They also said they would, upon agreements with the school authorities, provide clean water with bowsers and also provide tablets to be put in water before drinking.”
Council’s chief public relations officer Nesisa Mpofu said they were carrying out tests to assess the situation.
“We are currently ascertaining what really happened at the Bulawayo Polytechnic. We have a team from council that is working with the Matabeleland North provincial medical directorate,” Mpofu said.
“We have taken water samples and stool specimen which will be sent to the lab. We can only have a conclusive report once we receive the results from the lab.”
Mpofu said the results from the laboratories were expected tomorrow.