Health authorities in northern Mozambique’s Nyasa province have recorded a total of 10 deaths due to a cholera outbreak since December, an official said on Tuesday.
Six people died in the Lago area and four in the city of Lichinga.provincial capital, according to José Manuel, director of the provincial health service in Nyasa, quoted by Rádio Moçambique.
Of the more than 600 cases of cholera diagnosed in the province since the outbreak began, 612 people have been discharged from hospitals and 13 patients are still hospitalized at 12 treatment centers, the official said.
“Fortunately, a good response came from the drug treatment center. Yesterday we received about 7,000 bottles of saline in our province”, – said the person in charge, speaking about the availability of medical material for the treatment of the disease.
112 cases of diarrhea and vomiting were also reported in Sanga and Mekanhelas counties, prompting authorities to collect samples for the National Institutes of Health, the source said.
Mozambican health authorities suspect the cases were imported from Malawi, a country bordering the Lago region where cases have been reported.
Cholera is a disease that causes severe diarrhea that is treatable but can lead to death from dehydration if not treated promptly, mainly caused by eating contaminated food and water due to lack of sanitation.