World Vision International has donated medical supplies worth about K1.5million in response to the cholera threat in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga.
The organisation’s Programme Manager Cornex Mbaluko said the donation is one of the preventive measures to the district saying cholera is a serious disease which need to be controlled in time.
“Our main interest is children so if cholera outbreak hit Karonga, obviously children will be more affected than elder people as such we thought it is wise to give a helping hand to manage the situation here in Karonga as the district says have inadequate resources to manage the deadly disease,” said Mbaluko.
He added that they are also implementing water and sanitation project in Traditional Authority Mwelang’ombe and Mwasambo as a way of helping people in reducing the spread of the disease in the district.
District Health Officer Michael Kayange expressed his appreciation to the organization for responding to their appeal.
“We are now comfortable that we can manage the cholera outbreak in the district than at the beginning because we had inadequate resource to help cholera patients,” said Kayange.
Karonga is on Cholera alert after the outbreak of the disease in the border district of Kyela which has so far killed three people.
“We are still banning the open selling point in Karonga north and giving the sanitation measurements to the people to make sure that we are well prevented because we have not been told yet that the our break in Kyera is controlled,” said Kayange.
Among the items donated are 30 cartons of drips, three cartons of gloves v five carton of oral radiation salt (ORS) and 10 drums of chorine to Karonga District Hospital.