Over 200 nursing students at St Lukes Nursing College at Malosa in Zomba have been sent home following the outbreak of typhoid fever at the college.
College authorities said 40 students were admitted to St. Lukes Hospital because of the disease.
“The students are responding well to medication but management thought it could not look after the 40 students in hospital at the same time take care of the other students, this is why they have been sent home,” said the official.
Authorities at the college did not know what disease the students were suffering from and called it a strange disease.
Zomba District Hospital Officer Dr Gift Kawaladzira said analysis of the samples taken from the patients showed they were suffering from typhoid fever.
He blamed the water system at the college.
“The college uses the water which is direct from Malosa Mountain through a water system installed by the Anglican Church. This system is parallel to the Southern region water system and has several flaws,” he said. T
he Anglican run water system supplies water to the college, the hospital, the church at Chilema and Malosa Secondary.
Kawaladzira said his office and that of the Water Department are working with the officials at Chilema to improve the church run water system to avert another outbreak of the disease.
He was optimistic the situation would improve and come back to normal.