Mozambique is grappling with a cholera outbreak that began in 2022 and is once again expanding. In the last 24 hours, over fifty people were diagnosed with the disease, bringing the total number of deaths to over one hundred and fifty. This alarming development underscores the severity of the epidemic in the country.
Surging Cases and Rising Death Toll
According to the latest Cholera Bulletin, new cases have been reported in 19 districts and two cities across five provinces. The update, provided by the National Directorate of Public Health, recorded a surge in cases and deaths. Since the outbreak began on September 14, 2022, the country has registered about 40,000 cases and 153 deaths.
Public Health Response and Interventions
The Mozambican government announced on November 7 that it would be sending brigades to the four provinces most affected by the cholera outbreak. These teams aim to monitor the situation and find solutions to halt the spread of the disease. Public health measures and ongoing intervention efforts are crucial to combat the spread of the disease.
Cholera: A Preventable Disease
Cholera, a disease that causes severe diarrhea, is treatable, but can lead to death by dehydration if not promptly addressed. The disease is largely caused by the consumption of contaminated food and water, especially due to the lack of sanitation networks. In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the world would have a deficit of cholera vaccines until 2025 and that one billion people in 43 countries could be infected with the disease. By October, the WHO had identified Mozambique as one of the countries at greatest risk.
The evolving situation underscores the need for continued vigilance, public health interventions, and adherence to hygiene measures to curb the spread of cholera in Mozambique.