Mozambique will receive 719,000 doses of vaccine against cholera, according to Domingos Guihole, chief of surveillance at the Ministry of Health, cited last week’s issue of the Maputo daily “Notícias.”
The vaccines will be administered in the communities with active cases in the provinces of Niassa, Tete, Zambézia, Sofala and Gaza.
“The vaccine will be applied in single dose, a week after its arrival in the country”, said Guihole. “The health professionals in the front-line of treating the disease will have priority”.
The vaccine will be provided by the international technical group responsible for acquisition and distribution of vaccines at global level, taking into account the high risk of continuous spread of cholera associated with the current rainy season.
“At the moment, work with the local leaders is underway to raise the awareness of community members so that they can meet the measures required to prevent of cholera, especially by improving personal and collective hygiene, as well as water purification”, Guihole said.
The current cholera outbreak began in September last year. 3,179 cases were diagnosed and there were 30 deaths from the disease. Currently, Mozambique has 112 active cases of cholera, of which 70 percent are in Tete city, the Tete district of Chiuta, and Lichinga, capital of Niassa province.