Nsanje records first cholera case, Malawi Red Cross on response mission

Nsanje District has recorded its first cholera case; health authorities have confirmed.

First cholera case being attended to.-Photo by Martin Chiwanda

Erected washrooms by Malawi Red Cross.-Photo by Martin Chiwanda

In an interview on Thursday, Nsanje District Health Office Public Relations Officer (PRO), Felix Simbi said one cholera case has been reported as per preliminary results after the initial tests.

He explained that the case has been recorded at Hapalikusala Village, in the area of Senior Chief Malemia.

“It is true that we have a cholera case as per our preliminary results after the initial tests. However, we are still waiting for the final results from the specimen which was sent to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital laboratory. The results will be ready by Friday,” the PRO added.

Simbi pointed out that the District Health Office (DHO) has since embarked on cholera awareness campaigns in an attempt to control further spread of the epidemic.

“We have started awareness campaigns so that we can control the situation,” he disclosed.

Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has joined the response by supporting the DHO in erecting sanitary facilities such pit latrines, bathrooms at the district hospital where the cholera camp has been established to contain the situation.

Nsanje MRCS District Project Coordinator, Patricia Gadi said after the health office told them about the cholera case, they rushed to the facility so that they can provide the necessary support as first respondents.

“After we got the information from the District Environmental Health Officer (DEHO) about the suspected cholera case whose preliminary results are positive, we thought of responding by erecting sanitary facilities where those suspected to have cholera are quarantined,” she narrated.

Gadi added that MRCS would be visiting households in some of the villages which have been prone to cholera outbreaks so that they can be provided with primary health care information to control the further spread of the disease.

Nsanje district recorded 42 cholera cases last year.

 

 

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