Ministry Intensifies Hygiene Awareness Amid Cholera Outbreak

The Ministry of Health is intensifying mass awareness messages on hygiene practices as cases of Cholera rise to 199.

The death toll remains at 4, but there are fears that the outbreak may spread to more districts, during this rainy season.

As of last week, the number of those infected by Cholera was at 122 but has risen to 199, in the past two days, with Karonga and Nkhatabay being the worst hit.

16 of the country’s 28 districts have been put on high alert of Cholera outbreak.

Authorities in that country have put in place various preventive measures to control the outbreak, such as limiting hours of church and social activities, where people gather and share food, as well as banning street vending of food stuffs.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved Malawi’s request for a Cholera Vaccine that will start to be administered later this month.

Speaking to Capital FM, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Joshua Malango says they are currently working with district health officials to control the outbreak.

“We are encouraging Malawians to drink clean water and wash their hands with soap so to prevent the spread of the disease,” Malango added.

In neighboring Zambia, the outbreak has killed 58 people and thousands others are receiving medical treatment.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated.

Researchers have estimated that each year there are 1.3 million to 4.0 million cases of cholera, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide due to cholera.NE