Health authorities in Dar Es Salaam have launched a major campaign to counter the 'spread of cholera in and around the city.
GV: street scene in Dar Es Salaam with people and traffic
MV AND CU: Anti-cholera posters on display on wall (3 shots)
MV EXTERIOR: Amtullabai Karimjee Clinic with sign indicating charges for vaccination and family entering building (2 shots)
MV: school sign and exterior of school
GV: Harbour and city skyline
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Background: Health authorities in Dar Es Salaam have launched a major campaign to counter the 'spread of cholera in and around the city. All primary and secondary schools were closed earlier this month when the disease began to spread. Authorities said schools would remain closed until sanitary arrangements had been satisfactorily improved, and the disease had been brought under control.
SYNOPSIS: Cholera was first diagnosed in southern Tanzania last November, but since then it has spread to most parts of the country, and the most serious outbreaks have been in the capital Dar Es Salaam. Health authorities have begun an extensive campaign to warn people of the dangers of cholera, and the promote general hygiene. Anti-cholera vaccination centres have been set up at various points in the city.
Primary and secondary schools have been closed until the spread of cholera has been checked. Medical staff in the city's Muhimbili Hospital have been working around the clock treating more than 60 cholera cases. The authorities are optimistic though that with the co-operation of the public, cholera in Tanzania can be stamped out completely.