Cholera death toll rises to 53 in Mozambique 2008-11-13 01:29:36   Print

    MAPUTO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The number of deaths from cholera in the district of Guro in the central Mozambican province of Manica has risen to 53, out of 180 cases notified, since the outbreak of the disease about two weeks ago, AIM reported on Wednesday.

    Chinda, 180 kilometers north of Guro town, is the most severely affected area, with 48 of the known deaths.

    According to the state news agency, the death toll was so high in Chinda because the area is dominated by a religious sect, the Johan Marangue Church, which forbids its believers from using modern medicine.

    Members of this church obstructed the initial work of health brigades in Chinda, and have also refused to support the national sanitation campaign launched a few months ago by President Armando Guebuza.

    The majority of the dead were members of this church.

    The local health authorities describe the current situation as stable, since no further cases have been reported since Monday, but they are still maintaining the maximum alert recently decreed, and the cholera treatment center is still open.

    Meanwhile, one cholera death has been reported from the western city of Tete where at least 83 cases were notified, from the Filipe Samuel Magaia and Sansao Muthemba neighborhoods.

    Tete provincial health Director Luisa Cumba said that the Tete Cholera Treatment Centre has also been receiving patients with diarrhea and vomiting since last week, from the rural districts of Chiuta and Machanga.

Editor: Sun
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