Mozambique to conduct epidemiological surveys in capital city

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-24 22:34:26|Editor: huaxia

MAPUTO, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Health (MISAU) of Mozambique will conduct epidemiological surveys in the coming two weeks in the capital city Maputo in order to evaluate the situation of COVID-19 pandemic there, according to a report by the national Radio Mozambique (RM) on Friday.

The decision was following the increasing numbers of confirmed cases in Maputo and the growth in the new transmission chains is worrisome, said Sergio Cumbe, director of research at the National Institute of Health, in an interview with RM.

The research will focus on health professionals, public and private transporters, vendors in markets, police officers and selected families in local neighborhoods, he said.

"The research will consist of rapid epidemiological tests for COVID-19, which do not detect the presence of the coronavirus at the time of collection but indicate whether the person has been exposed to the virus," said the director.

It will be the third time that health authorities conduct this kind of survey, following the northern city of Nampula and Pemba, which both have been declared as foci of community transmission. Enditem