The MSF teams in Mozambique for emergency medical response are supporting the Ministry of Health in taking care of suspected cholera patients. Gert Verdonck, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Beira said, “Given the sheer amount of water that passed through Beira during Cyclone Idai and the volume of damage caused, it’s not surprising that there are outbreaks of water borne diseases like cholera in the city.” MSF is already supporting the Ministry of Health to care for patients suspected of suffering from cholera in three health centres of Beira and has so far been treating more than 200 patients a day.
Verdonck said, “In the coming days we will work alongside the Ministry of Health to scale up as much as possible and provide support to more cholera treatment units as well as work to rehabilitate a larger cholera treatment centre. We have cargo planes arriving daily with the supplies we need and are also flying in experienced medical and logistical staff members from our projects in Mozambique and around the world. We are also in discussion with the health ministry about supporting a large cholera vaccination campaign in the area.”