Scabies outbreak hit Malawi flood-victims camps

An outbreak of scabies and other related skin diseases have attacked some camps in Chikhwawa District where thousands of people displaced by floods are accommodated, a health official in the district told local media Saturday.

Displaced villagers at Sekeni 1 camp in Chikwawa district queue to get medical assistance.

Displaced villagers at Sekeni 1 camp in Chikwawa district queue to get medical assistance.

The official, Thomson Kajombo, said close to 140 people, most of them children, in five camps were attacked by the outbreak and that over 200 people had developed rash and other related skin diseases.

He attributed the outbreak to poor sanitation and lack of clean bath water in the camps and he has since appealed for immediate response from government and organizations which are currently supporting the displaced people with various relief amenities.

In a related development, education activists in the country have described the impact of the hailstorm and floods on education as a very retrogressive considering that over 280 school blocks were damaged in 15 districts of the country.

Besides, classrooms of over 190 schools out of those that survived in the affected areas have been turned into camps for the displaced people, crippling the education system altogether.

More support continues to pour into the country following President Peter Mutharika’s appeal for to the world for humanitarian aid in the wake of the floods and hailstorm that displaced over 135,000 people and killed over 180.

Out of the 15 district that were affected by the floods and hailstorm, four border districts of Phalombe, Mulanje, Chikhwawa and Nsanje were the worst hit.

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12 thoughts on “Scabies outbreak hit Malawi flood-victims camps”

  1. Matthews Mpofu says:

    It is a very sad development to have the scabies outbreak in already flood affected areas. I appreciate the effort which is being made by the health officials. With the existing scenario, there is need to fill the gaps of handling the cases of scabies and related skin diseases. From the tropical natural medicines, that is the combination advantages of synthetic and traditional medicines, scabies and all skin diseases are treated by Cassia alata ( kesha wa mteteza) leaves or neem (nimu) leaves. The leaves are dried under shade, pounded and boiled and add to the bathing water or as medicinal oils, ointment applied after bathing. These are well prepared with the guidance of the trained and ptractising person. For more information, contact : Matthews Shaba Mpofu ( Anamed/ Permaculture trainer ) +265888595231, email:[email protected] We are very eager to assist in providing the training in natural medicines for our communities!!

  2. SORRY AKU LOWER SHIRE TIPEMPHE WAKUMWAMBAYO AKUCHIZENI NDINSO AKUPATSENI THANDIZO PANTHAWI NGATI IYI.

  3. apao says:

    Ndimadabwa munthu kukakamila Ku colg osapita kwao kuopa zimenezi,kikiki ma prof

  4. Marioshona man says:

    At what point are the two marrying ,voting and disaster ?stupid coments. Be wise.

  5. I hate a situation where by officials take advantage of the displaced,hungry & sick ppl.It scares away development partners.

  6. Kutengeka a Malawi i dont know what made you to vote for this guy who is now taking advantage of the disaster.They are trying their best as Msowoya said that government had put forward enough reforms to win back donor aid,which means they are not happy as relief agencies such as UN are channeling their disaster aid through NGOs.They want the Aid to be directed to government so that they can use it for their own enrichment,AIDGATE.

  7. AH !!!! HI !!!!!! GOD ASSIST TO HANDLE THIS SITUATION. GOD THE HEALER PLEASE CARE THESE PEOPLE. +AMEN +

  8. Nathan says:

    Zosakhala bwino, mmene zimapwetekera mpheremo eee, apa ndiye kufunika kuthandiza mwachangu

  9. ujeni says:

    Southern region should be declared az Scabies infested zone. This is a warning to town planners and Surveyors, our Towns and Bomas dont have proper drainage system, there is no roadside drainage either, never seen one Squatters are everywhere, If you see some ditch that is supposed to serve as drainage, then its not plasterd or cemented, people have turned it into a disposal pit.

  10. Bwaduka says:

    MALAWIANS WAKE UP FROM SLUMBER, DO YOU THINK THE LEARNED PERSON LIKE THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING WEALTH ON TOP FLOOD VICTIMS. HOW HE DEMANDING THAT ALL MONIES CHANNELED TO THIS CALAMITY BE DEPOSITED TO HIS ACCOUNT. THE VERY GOOD EXAMPLE IS THAT OF MALAWIAN- ASIAN WHO DEPOSITED TO HIS ACCOUNT AFTER HE HAD DIRECTED HIM TO DOT THAT. AND NOW HE USING THE CONTROVERSIAL GUARD TO DEPOSIT MONEY TO HIS ACCOUNT IN USA INCLUDING THAT OF THE GUARD. FOR EXAMPLE HE DEPOSITED $ 150, 000.00 HIS ACCOUNT OF USA AND OF HIS BOSS AND THE MONEY ARE FROM STATE HOUSE THE GOVERNMENT MONEY.

    1. mbwaxe says:

      Dont worry my freind!!! I did not vote so i dont complain!!!! Its gud that his fellaz are being punished by calamities because they are the ones who put him there!!!!! Sorry lowershire people musova munavota nokha mopusa

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