Mozambique launches contingency plan against water-born diseases in capital Maputo

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-03 23:53:37|Editor: yan
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MAPUTO, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Mozambican health authorities launched on Thursday in Maputo a contingency plan to prevent water-born diseases particularly cholera, by activating treatment centers and awareness campaigns as the second rainy season began in January.

"We have started with campaigns in different neighborhoods, particularly those where incidents of cholera are common, to inform community members about the need and importance to observe individual and collective hygiene practices to avoid the disease," Sheila Lobo de Castro, the chief medical officer of the Maputo City Health Directorate told Xinhua.

The sensitization campaigns are a continuation of a process initiated in September 2018 before the first rainy season, and health authorities have currently activated 8 health units ready to respond to water-borne diseases.

The medical officer said that medical staff is fully alert and there are sufficient medicines to respond for a period of three months in case of an outbreak.

The preventive methods are supported by international organizations such as UNICEF and WHO.