Mozambican and international health workers were racing on Monday to include the case of cholera in the city of Beira, which is hit by a cyclone, where the incidence of the disease has jumped to 517 and there are The first death was to be recorded.
"Seven emergency cholera treatment centers are operational at Beira and two more are being set up. Two additional centers are being set up in Mamatdada," said David Wightwick, World Health Organization team leader at Beira.
Mozambica workers have restored clean tap water to parts of Beira, a city of 500,000, although large areas of the city still do not have access to sanitary water, he told The Associated Press when visiting a water treatment center.
"A vaccination campaign against cholera, with 900,000 doses of the vaccine, will start on Wednesday," Wightwick said. "That should ruin the edge of this case."
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The cases of acute diarrhea have risen dramatically since the first five cases were confirmed last week. Coles are spread by water and contaminated food; it can kill within hours but is relatively easy to treat.
A general cyclone death toll in Mozambique is now 518. With 259 deaths in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi, the three-nation death toll is more than 815. Authorities are warning that the tolls are preliminary to flood water overflows and reveal more bodies.
More than two weeks after Cyclone Idai hit Beira and swept across the center of Mozambique, there are about 98,000 people in camps for the displacement and "living under canvas," Wightwick He said.
"Cholera is our most direct challenge," he said, adding that getting adequate nutrition to the population and combating other diseases like malaria is also a priority.
In addition to Mozambican doctors, health workers from Portugal, Denmark, Italy and China are helping to respond to the crisis. The US military joined the international humanitarian aid efforts to Mozambique by transporting food and relief supplies from South Africa.
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Round-the-clock tours provide supplies from the United Nations World Food Program by King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa, the embassy spokesperson of U. Robert Mearkle.
He said the goods raised from Durban came from the internal stock of the World Food Program.
"Apart from these loads, the US has provided additional funding to almost $ 3.4 million in the US for the World Food Program to provide around 2,500 tonnes of rice oil, peas, and vegetables for affected people in the states of Sofala, Zambezia and Manica, "Mearkle." "This life-saving emergency food aid will support around 160,000 people for a month."
Disease is a major concern for cyclone survivors
Poor, poor Beira neighborhoods are at particular risk. Doctors Without Borders has said that it sees some 200 likely cholera cases a day in the city, where relief workers are rushing to restore the damaged water system and bring additional medical assistance.
Colera is a major concern for the hundreds of thousands of cyclone survivors in the South African nation who are now living in unclean conditions in camps, schools or homes that have been damaged. Some drink from contaminated springs or dirty water, still.
As health respondents stressed the need for better surveillance of diseases, the UN's deputy humanitarian coordinator in Mozambique, Sebastian Rhodes Stamp, has said that all cases of diarrhea are treated as if they were cholera.
Colera is endemic to the region, and "it breaks out quickly and is traveling very fast," he told reporters.
Doctors Without Borders have said that other cases of suspected golera have been reported outside Beira in the Buzi, Tica and Nhamathanda areas that have been poorly hit, but the chances of spreading in areas less rural because people are more dispersed.
Mozambican officials have said that Cyclone Idai has destroyed more than 50 health centers in the region, complicating response efforts.
The United Nations has said that around 1.8 million people across the weak, predominantly rural region need urgent help.