Government is set to deploy a team of medical experts to mitigate post cyclone Idai disaster diseases, Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo has said.
Addressing delegates at the Signing of the E8 Global Fund Regional Grant, Moyo said government has to mitigate diseases like Malaria and Typhoid.
“We have a disaster at the moment with the effects of cyclone Idai. We have further teams which are going and we now also want to mitigate one of the problems, Malaria is one of the problems which we will naturally also have to look after.
“Mosquitos will cross any boarders, they do not need passports to move from one country to the next so cholera typhoid, all the diarrheal diseases,” he said.
He said a team of surgeons had been deployed in order to deal with the current disaster effects.
“The health sector is there in the eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, in Chimanimani. Our workers are there, they are working flat out and an assessment has been done.
“Naturally when there is a disaster the first thing that we have to worry about is the casualties, as expected you will have fractures occurring.
“We will have a team of surgeons who have gone in there to look into how best we can be able to manage and also other players” he said.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has since visited Chimanimnani
Hundreds have dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai.
Mozambique has declared a three day national mourning which began yesterday for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai.
The United Nations has described cyclone Idai as one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades.