Report reaching us on the current situation in Mozambique, on the aftermath of the cyclone that broke out recently, the Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontièrs (MSF) , an international humanitarian medical (NGO) that provides emergency assistance to conflict zone disaster areas around the world have issued updates on the situation in Mozambique following last month’s devastating cyclone that left 598 people dead and over one and a half million people in need of emergency assistance.
It would be recalled that cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, on March 14th leaving death and devastation in its wake. 90% of the city of Beira was destroyed. People, homes, and livelihoods were swept away by the floodwaters. Now those waters have started to recede, cholera is the next challenge that needs to be dealt with.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, the organization confirms some 1,400 cases of cholera across the country, with over 1,000 cases in Province of Beira alone. But MSF also warns of an increase in other waterborne diseases, as well as malaria, skin infections and respiratory diseases.
In helping to contain the outbreak of cholera epidemic MSF is working with the Mozambique Ministry of Health, setting up local treatment centers and clinics, as well as helping to run a massive vaccination campaign. In addition to cholera, the extensive damage to health infrastructure and medical supplies still requires considerable effort to restore the functioning of the health system and ensure that people are able to receive basic, maternal and child care or for chronic diseases such as HIV and Tuberculosis.
Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Southern Africa. When it swept the city last month, torrential rainfall flooded over one and a half million acres of fields, just as subsistence farmers were about to harvest their crops.
That means the next crisis will likely be severe hunger and food shortages.
09 April 2019