Pestilence Update

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique relief workers fight to contain cholera outbreak as number of cases rise to 3,100

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique relief workers fight to contain cholera outbreak as number of cases rise to 3,100

Peter Stubley. The Independent•April 8, 2019

Mozambique has confirmed more than 3,100 cases of cholera since the outbreak was declared weeks ago in the wake of Cyclone Idai.

Six people have died from the acute diarrhoeal disease in the past two weeks after the floods left tens of thousands of people stranded in camps with few toilets and little clean water.

Health workers are now battling to carry out a mass vaccination in the storm-hit city of Beira following a delivery of nearly 900,000 doses last week.

It has been described as “the most ambitious campaign ever conducted using the one-dose oral cholera vaccine strategy” by the humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders.

The UN specialist coordinating the relief effort, Julien Graveleau, said he was “quite optimistic” of success despite the challenges.

“Of course, the numbers will be increasing but I believe we’re ready for it,” he added.

Mozambique’s health ministry said that more than 70 per cent of the vaccines had been administered by Sunday morning, partly thanks to megaphone-wielding promoters handing out doses in busy streets in Beira and elsewhere.

At the city’s popular Shoprite grocery, people knocked back the doses like shots in a bar and walked on.

“We were prepared really for the worst,” said Francisca Baptista da Silva, a project coordinator for Doctors Without Borders. “But for the moment we are controlling it.”

Outside one cholera treatment centre in the Beira neighbourhood of Pioneros, a woman sold bottled water while passersby stepped carefully around fetid pools of water in the street.

“It’s a big problem,” said Rosa Zimbane, who reported herself healthy so far, as an ambulance arrived carrying two women with small children.

Treatment for cholera can involve simple rehydration but the disease can kill within hours and more severe cases need intravenous drips.

Inside the centre more than a dozen people lay on beds with two buckets at the ready. One was for vomiting.

Dr Katrien Duquet, also of Doctors Without Borders, said that they had seen fewer cases of cholera than expected overall.

“It never spiked to the level we thought,” she said. “But people are still afraid of cholera. We are not claiming this is over.”

In the village of Bopira more than 1,300 people have been drinking from the local pond and other muddy pools left behind by Cyclone Idai.

The vaccine is normally given in two spaced-out doses but a single dose, which offers six months of coverage, is effective in emergencies, according to the charity.

At least 847 people have been reported killed by Cyclone Idai and the associated flooding across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi since it made landfall in Beira on 14 March. More than 3 million people have been affected, mostly in Mozambique.

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