The government of Mozambique has announced the launch of a large-scale preventive vaccination campaign against cholera in the north of the country.
During the month-long campaign, medical teams will administer the oral vaccine to 180 000 people in the Cuamba local government area of Niassa Province.
Niassa Provincial Medical Officer (PMO) Ramos Mboane said the campaign will be completed ahead of the start of the rainy season in October. The wet season is associated with fast-spreading cholera outbreaks.
“We chose to have this campaign in the Municipality of Cuamba because it is a part of the country that is vulnerable to endemic diseases. Over the last five years, the area has suffered three major outbreaks of cholera,” Mboane said.
The government expects large numbers of people to turn up at the vaccination centers to receive preventive treatment against cholera. The oral vaccine is being administered to people who are at higher risk of contracting the disease.
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