Cholera spills up in Malawi

Mangochi District Hospital

Cholera has now killed nine people and a number of 191 cases have been recorded in Namanja and Nayuchi health centres in Machinga district in a period of two weeks.

According to spokesperson for Ministry of Health Adrian Chikumbe, the outbreak is common along Lake Chirwa in the eastern part of Machinga.

Adrian Chikumbe
Chikumbe: Confirmed the news.

Chikumbe said the ministry has since established a rapid response team to curb the outbreak.

He further explained that various organisations such as World Vision, UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO) have joined the ministry to support its efforts in defeating the outbreak in Machinga and Zomba districts.

Health experts have concluded that the outbreak is a result of poor sanitation and hygiene among communities living in areas along Lake Chirwa.

On Tuesday, Malawi24 had reported that 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.