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The current outbreak of cholera in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula has now spread to three districts, according to Benigna Matsinhe, the deputy national director of public health, cited in Friday’s issue of the independent daily “O Pais”.
The outbreak began in the coastal district of Memba, and has now spread to the neighbouring districts of Erati and Nacaroa. A team from the Health Ministry has gone to Nampula to assess the situation and provide technical support to the health staff on the ground.
“The Ministry has been monitoring the cholera and malaria situation in various provinces, including Nampula”, she said. “Since September, we have been aware of cholera in Nampula, which began in Memba. The situation is continuing, and so we decided to verify what is happening”.
The team dispatched to Nampula contains doctors, nurses and epidemiologists. Matsinhe said it has now worked in the three affected districts, and other parts of the province, confirming that the supply of clean water and the promotion of activities to protect public health remain challenges.
Cholera is a water borne disease, and is easily transmitted when the water supply is contaminated. Ensuring a supply of clean drinking water is a basic measure for combating the disease.
“We have community activists who can help the health sector spread messages on how to improve sanitation and individual and collective hygiene”, said Matsinhe.
So far 585 cases of cholera have been diagnosed in the three districts, but only one patient has died.Source: AIM
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