Mozambique to roll out cholera vaccination campaign

Mozambique was recently hit by Cyclone Idai. Photo : Media

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Mozambique is set to roll out cholera vaccination campaign next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

The country has so far reported five cases of cholera outbreak following Cyclone Idai which left many people dead, some injured and other homeless.

WHO’s response team in Beira Senior Member, David Wightwick, told the media that seven clinics had been set up in Mozambique to treat cholera patients and that two more would be ready soon.

“We have 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccines which are coming in on Monday, and we will start a vaccination campaign as soon as possible next week,” said Wightwick.

African Daily Voice recently reported a Cholera and malaria outbreak was reported following in the country.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Chief, Henrietta Fore, recently told AFP that the outbreak was caused by stagnant water, decomposing bodies, and lack of good hygiene and sanitation.

In a statement, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) confirmed that cholera cases have already been reported in Beira, while there is an increasing number of malaria infections.

“The relief efforts so far are nowhere near the scale and magnitude of the problem, and the humanitarian needs are likely to grow in the coming weeks and months,” said Elhadj As Sy, the IFRC Secretary-General.

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