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The health authorities of central Mozambique’s Zambezia province have registered 14 cases of cholera in the province after three years without the disease, an official source said on Thursday.
The cases were reported between the 4th and 14th of this month, 13 of which in Mopeia district and one in Morrumbala, said Isaías Marcos, chief doctor of Zambezia province, speaking to journalists.
He said tents had been put up in some hospital units for patients, and support teams had been “reinforced” to assist them.
“We are intensifying activities in the communities, making people aware of good practices, including good food conservation, water treatment, hand washing and others,” the chief medical officer said.
According to the source, 126 cumulative cases of diarrhoeal diseases were registered in Zambezia, including cholera, and the authorities said that they are monitoring and assisting the population so that “no deaths are registered”.
On Tuesday, the Mozambican authorities announced the registration of three cases of cholera suspected to be linked to the consumption of improper water after flooding in the Zambezi valley, in Sofala province, also in central Mozambique.
Cholera is a disease that causes severe diarrhoea, which is treatable but can cause death from dehydration if not promptly tackled – and is caused mainly by ingesting food and water contaminated by lack of sanitation networks.