Cyclone Idai: 900,000 cholera vaccine doses arrive in Beira, Mozambique

Cholera kills two, infects 1,400 in cyclone-hit Mozambique

Cyclone Idai: Cholera epidemic worsens as vaccines arrive

The aid-dependent impoverished country on Tuesday took delivery of 900,000 doses of oral cholera vaccines ahead of the roll out on Wednesday of the lifesaving inoculations to avert an epidemic, more than two weeks after the devastating cyclone hit and caused heavy flooding.

Cholera has infected at least 1,052 people in Mozambique's cyclone-hit region, the health ministry said Monday in a new report, marking a massive increase from 139 cases reported four days ago.

The acute diarrhoeal disease has been spreading in the hard-hit city of Beira and its half-million residents since the outbreak was declared last week.

That figure was already more than double the 500 beds that are now open in seven cholera treatment centers across the region, though the World Health Organization said it plans to "boost the capacity significantly".

Cyclone Idai killed more than 700 people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and hundreds of thousands have been left homeless - many of whom have been forced to use dirty water supplies.

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

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The scale of the damage to Beira's water and sanitation infrastructure, together with its dense population, have sparked fears the cholera outbreak will be hard to put down.

The deadly cyclone also damaged or destroyed 54 health centres across central Mozambique.

After the terrible cyclone of March 14th 2019, Mozambique has reported its first death from Cholera.

By Own Correspondent- Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo has confirmed that at least 82 Zimbabweans whose bodies had been swept away by Tropical Cyclone Idai flooded rivers have been buried in Mozambique. Health workers from Portugal, Denmark, Itlay, China have come to provide medical assistance and care to the people who are affected.

U.S military has extended their support by airlifting relief and food supplies for the people of Mozambique.

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