Typhoid fever affect 300 in Zomba, health officials say disease under control

Zomba District Health officials say 300 people were affected by typhoid fever which forced St Lukes Hospital to send back home 200 students.

St Luke Hospital in Malosa, Zomba
St Luke Hospital in Malosa, Zomba

District Health Officer Gift Kawaledzira however said the situation is now under control. Malosa hit headlines recently when over 40 nursing students were admitted to St Lukes Hospital.

“The situation is now under complete control, the patients are responding well to medication and no one has died,” he said.

He said the source of the problem is untreated water as the Anglican run nursing school uses a dam which supplies water to th whole Anglican Diocese establishments at Malosa.

He said the Water Department and his office are helping the church in treating the water to avert a recurrence of the disease.

The DHO said his office has also intensified civic education to surrounding village on good hygiene practices and the need to eat cooked food to prevent typhoid fever.

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