Friday, 19 April, 2019

Mozambique races to contain 1000 cholera cases

Cholera kills two, infects 1,400 in cyclone-hit Mozambique Cyclone Idai: Cholera epidemic worsens as vaccines arrive
Celia Hoffman | 05 April, 2019, 03:00

Almost 900,000 doses of the cholera vaccine, procured by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), arrived in Beira, Mozambique, on Tuesday afternoon and the vaccination campaign will begin imminently.

Mozambique's Ministry of Health has confirmed 1,052 cases of cholera in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. It can kill if left untreated.

The city of a half-million residents is most at risk from cholera but the disease also is reported in outlying communities in central Mozambique.

Idai made landfall in Mozambique's port city of Beira on March 14 with winds of up to 110 miles (177 kilometers) per hour, murder a total of 534 people in Mozambique, according to local media. As authorities hurried to fix the city's damaged water system, aid organizations reported that some people had resorted to drinking stagnant water or from contaminated wells.

One person has died of cholera, while 97 patients remain in treatment centers, with the others released, Mozambique's health director Ussein Isse announced.

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Speaking during a tour of cyclone-hit areas in Bikita on Sunday, Moyo said that government would compensate families of those whose bodies had been buried in Mozambique while modalities for their possible repatriation are being planned.

Cholera is a communicable disease which is spreads through contaminated water and unhygienic sanitation condition.

The number of deaths related to Cyclone Idai has risen to 268 in Zimbabwe, the southern African country's information minister said Tuesday.

Beira's Mayor Daviz Simango was among those who swallowed the oral vaccine Wednesday and then had their fingers marked to show that they have been immunized. Health workers from Portugal, Denmark, Itlay, China have come to provide medical assistance and care to the people who are affected.

"In addition to loading, transporting and delivering aid for distribution by the command's interagency partners, U.S. Africa Command forces are actively working to open airfields and maximize available transportation routes", a statement said Monday.

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