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.