Two die, 22  hospitalised as cholera outbreak rages in Karonga

Two people have died and 22 others hospitalised following cholera outbreak in the northern border district of Karonga, officials have confirmed.

Karonga District Hospital: cholera outbreak rages

According to the district environmental health officer Luis Tukula, the two died while receiving treatment.

Tukula said the most affected area as of now is Ngala fishing area which is in the southern part of the district.

“The disease is spreading so fast,” said Tukula.

He noted that the patients had developed severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

The patients were recuperating in various clinics in the districts such as Nyungwe, St. Anne’s, Iponga and Kapolo health center as well as the district hospital. Also among the sick are two children.

The district environmental health officer said they are now running out of equipments to deal with the disease due to its increase.

“We have been asking for help from different organisations and we believe that they will come to our rescue,” he disclosed.

The disease is reported to have started in the neighboring Tanzania in Kyela district where many Malawians tend to do their businesses.

Last year 13 people died of the disease in Karonga.

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