Cholera outbreak continues in Nkhatabay

Nkhatabay District Hospital


As the fight against cholera outbreak seems to have been won in Malawi, in some areas new cases continue to be reported.

One of such areas is Kuwawe in Nkhatabay district where the disease is said to be on the increase.

Speaking to local media, Nkhatabay District Hospital Spokesperson Christopher Singini said the area is still struggling with the pandemic due to its location.

Nkhatabay District Hospital
Nkhatabay hospital.

According to Singini, the hospital has been registering a number of cholera patients. He said despite several measures such as the provision of chlorine to communities and conducting awareness campaign, there have been no changes to the situation.

Malawi is experiencing an outbreak of cholera three months after the start of the rainy season.  The water-borne disease first hit residents of four districts around Lake Chilwa in eastern Malawi at the end of last month.

Medics say cholera is often spread by eating food contaminated by germs from human waste. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

Those who do not have access to a hospital or clinic for rehydration therapy can die within 24 hours.

Malawi last experienced a large-scale cholera outbreak in 2009, when more than 1,000 people were infected.


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