Cholera on the rise in Mozambique

According to Leonardo Chavane, the deputy national director of public health in Mozambique,there have been three recorded cholera outbreaks in thenation's 11 provinces and a total of 126 diagnosed cases during this year's rainy season.

As of last Thursday, 54 of these cases had been reported in the country's northern province of Cabo Delgado, the districts of Chiure, Pemba-Metuge, Anacuabe and Montepuez, along with the provincial capital, Pemba, All Africa reports.

The Nampula province has seen 45 cases of cholera diagnosed in the Mogincual, Nacaroa, Memba and Meconta districts with 27 cases of the disease in Chimoio, which is the capital of the central province of Manivca. No deaths from cholera have been reported in any of the three provinces.

In Montepuez, a mob beat a community leader to death because it believed he had deliberately spread cholera. In response to this, Chavane said that there is obviously a lack of understanding in communities as to how cholera is spread and that further civil education is required to avoid any similar violent situations, All Africa reports.

Chavane also said that defective drainage systems, in combination with heavy rains, might lead to further outbreaks of cholera.

Cholera has been present in Mozambique since 1973. There have been major outbreaks in 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2010. The worst of these was the 1998 outbreak, which had 42,672 reported cases and 1,353 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.