Cholera outbreak strikes Malawi: One death, 26 cases confirmed in Machinga, Zomba

One person has died while 26 others are under treatment following cholera outbreaks in Malawi’s eastern districts of Machinga and Zomba, the Ministry of Health has said.

Magwira: Outbreak
Magwira: Outbreak

By December 25, 2015, according to Secretary for Health, Dr McPhil Magwira,  Machinga recorded a cumulative total of 19 cholera cases and one death while Zomba reported 7 cases and no death.

Magwira also said in statement that all the reported cholera cases are from Lake Chilwa area.

He said they are doing everything possible to control the cholera outbreak and claimed health workers in all the health facilities are ready to help and treat any member of the community.

“We call upon every person that they should go to the nearest hospital or health facility early if they get sick or develop diarrhoea.

“Medical supplies for cholera treatment are available in all health facilities. Chlorine for water treatment is also being distributed in the communities by Health Surveillance Assistants,” he said.

Magwira also called on the general public to practice what he called personal hygiene measures at all times.

According to him, cholera can be prevented by proper use of latrines; washing hands with soap after visiting the toilet, before handling food, before eating food and after changing babies nappies; drinking or using safe treated water (or boiled water) all the time and practising food hygiene.

He further reminded public to always wash fruits such as mangos before eating them.

There is high level of cholera content around Lake Chilwa because people reportedly defecates there and also use the same water for drinking.

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Nandeka
Nandeka
5 years ago

Kodi mukuti boma litani?lipite ku Chirwa lizikawasambira mmanja,kuwapitiraku toilet ndikuwatsukila mango anthuwa?
What stupid policies are you talking about?

What have you personally done to make your rural relatives understand the importance of personal hygiene or having a latrine

James Chilowera
James Chilowera
5 years ago

Guys ukhondo ndiofunika osamangodya mango osatsuka

Masanje
Masanje
5 years ago

Ine dziko lino landikwana.Malawi pakana lero kulimbanabe ndi cholera? Dziko lotemberedwa ngati ili sindinalione padziko lapansi.Tunalakwa chiyani

Bob
Bob
5 years ago

Its a combination of so many factors. We are too many to be contained in a small country like this and we got stupid policies on everything.

GRM
GRM
5 years ago

This lake will kill all of us one day while Ministry of health know that it is the source of Cholera. Where are epidemiologist and public health experts in this ministry of hell!!!? What health if not hell? Who is the director of preventive health? Tell him go to hell stupid man

Mthubu mgoloso
5 years ago

Eeeeeeeeee koma chonde,,,,,ambuye tichitireni chifundo,,,,,,,,zisafike povuta dere kuzomba kuno

suspect zero37
5 years ago

kupepera kwenikweni zaka 55 tikuvutika ndi nthenda imodzi modzi simungachitepo kena kake ai koma zikavuta ndiye muziti we are doing everything possible

psatapsata
psatapsata
5 years ago

Eeeee kufunika kusamala amalawi.matenda awa ndiwopeweka ndithu,bola kuwonetsetsa kamwedwe ndikadyedwe ka zithu zomwe tilinazo m’manja mwathu. Malawi be careful.

Safari Wakumudzi
Safari Wakumudzi
5 years ago

very sad indeed.

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