There is high tension among people living in Malawi’s northern region Tonga district of Nkhatabay where cases of Cholera have been reported.
According to information gathered by Malawi24 in the district, about 15 people have been diagnosed with this deadly infection such that they have since been admitted at Nkhatabay district hospital.
Currently, about five villages have been affected but the situation is believed to be fast worsening across some parts of the district where medical authorities are yet to identify the crisis.
The problem is reported to have come because most people in the district are not using clean and potable water.
Publicist for Nkhatabay district hospital Christopher Singini said they are aware of the problem and measures to overcome the problem are already in place.
“Currently we have received about 15 cases and the affected patients have been isolated and are receiving treatment here at the hospital. We will also have some awareness campaigns on how people might help to prevent the further spread of the disease,” he said.
Cholera is caused by bacteria and records have shown that it is a deadly infection which can claim a lot of lives in a matter of some few minutes because it causes dehydration.
In Malawi the disease is associated with the rainy season thus health authorities have advised Malawians to continue following hygienic measures to help prevent the disease.