By John Ikani
Mozambique’s health authorities are set to kick off a week-long cholera vaccination initiative today, targeting the four provinces hit hardest by the current outbreak – Cabo Delgado, Zambézia, Tete, and Sofala, as reported by the news agency Lusa.
The campaign aims to inoculate over 2.2 million people, responding to the escalating situation with urgency.
From October 1, 2023, to January 2, 2024, Mozambique has seen 8,266 cholera cases and 20 fatalities across six affected provinces.
“The four provinces chosen encompass the most critical districts amidst this resurgence of the outbreak within the country,” emphasizes the National Public Health Services.
For this massive operation, exceeding $1.3 million, more than 1,130 vaccination teams, consisting of over 7,300 personnel, have been mobilized.
The teams will carry out vaccinations not only at health centres but also through mobile units, reaching various localities via door-to-door visits.
In a strategic move, vaccination teams will extend their reach to areas with significant foot traffic, such as markets and sports grounds.
The comprehensive approach aims to maximize the campaign’s impact and cover diverse segments of the population.