In a shocking incident, many women from Harare have reportedly vowed to stop using tap water to wash their private parts in a bid to avoid developing cervical cancer.
According to Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey of 2010, cervical cancer accounts for 32% of all cancers among women and nearly 1,500 people die of general cancers in Zimbabwe every year.
“We no longer want want to wash our private parts with tap water because it might cause cervical cancer. We are not biochemists, but we worry about our health and need to take precautions,” Rita Nyamupinga – Female Prisoners’ Support Trust director told Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni during a residents consultative meeting recently.
Cervical cancer normally develops in the cervix, which is the lower narrow part of the uterus. The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows during a woman’s pregnancy.
Christopher Magadza, a researcher and water expert, told journalists during a wetlands media tour that Harare, due to loss of wetlands, is being supplied with water that contains 50% recycled urine. Therefore, half of the water that Harare residents drink, is made up of other people’s urine!