Cholera vaccines due to arrive in Mozambique

April 2, 2019
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Women wait in a line to receive relief supplies from South Africa's disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers after the area has been isolated by the Cyclone Idai in Estaquinha, about 80km west from Beira, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. - A cyclone which struck southern Africa has affected almost three million people, of whom nearly 500,000 have been driven from their homes, the United Nations said on on march 26. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique on March 15, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rain that flooded much of the centre of the country and then battered eastern Zimbabwe and Malawi. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Almost a million cholera vaccines are set to arrive in Mozambique to help deal with an outbreak of the water-borne disease that has come in the wake of the impact of Cyclone Idai, World Health Organization (WHO) Africa director Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The first death from cholera was recently confirmed in Beira, which is where the cyclone made landfall last month.

There are now 1,000 cases of people with cholera, Dr Moeti said.

She expects that the vaccines will start being administered by the end of the week.

She added that the WHO is now working to control the outbreak, with support from the Mozambican authorities as well as other international agencies: