Mozambique cholera cases top 1000 as authorities step up vaccination

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Mozambique cholera cases top 1000 as authorities step up vaccination

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.

Among the supplies are medications for treating epidemic diseases such as cholera and malaria as well as serums that can be used for any emergency situation.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said there is also a high risk of the spread of infectious diseases including those caused by insects like mosquitoes, with 276 malaria cases also reported in cyclone-affected areas, .

Mozambican workers have restored clean tap water to parts of Beira, a city of 500,000, although large areas of the urban center still don't have access to sanitary water, David Wightwick, the World Health Organization's team leader in Beira, told The Associated Press while visiting a water treatment center.

The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has reinforced its efforts to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, benefitting over 75,000 people in 17 districts in the three provinces that were most affected by the cyclone, which hit three countries in the southeast of the African continent.

The number of cholera cases is however still expected to climb due to the increasing number of people reporting to health centres with symptoms, the WHO said in a statement. It is largely caused by the ingestion of contaminated food and water.

"The next few weeks are crucial and speed is of the essence if we are to save lives and limit suffering", Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director of WHO Africa, said.

Cyclone Idai death toll has risen to 268, a senior governemt official has said.

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.

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

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