Tag: Ministry of Health

Ministry Intensifies Hygiene Awareness Amid Cholera Outbreak

Ministry Intensifies Hygiene Awareness Amid Cholera Outbreak

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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 r
Malawi Commemorates Child Health Days

Malawi Commemorates Child Health Days

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The government of Malawi is pushing health workers in the country to ensure that all children under the age of five are immunized during the Child Health Days period. The days set by the government to promote child health and development starts today the 4th Thursday 8th December. In a statement released by the Secretary for Health, Dan Namarika, during the four days the Ministry of Health will be carrying out campaigns aimed at promoting child health across the country. Namarika is urging mothers and care givers to take their children to clinics and other designated places in their resident districts for immunization. The exercise is targeting children from the age of six months to 5 years and women who have just delivered and are within 8 weeks of delivery. According to Namalika, ...
National Cancer Treatment Centre On Course

National Cancer Treatment Centre On Course

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The construction of the National Cancer Treatment Centre under Foreign Direct Investment is expected to significantly reduce the cost of sending patients abroad by at least 50%. The centre is being constructed by DaeYang University Teaching Hospital, and others. In addition to K125 billion that government allocated to the health sector in the 2017/2018 financial year, government is receiving various support from development partners. The Global Fund has recently approved a USD460 million grant for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria for January, 2018 to December, 2020. Government is also receiving a cash grant of USD47 million from GAVI to finance health systems and immunization for the next five years starting from July, 2017. GAVI will additionally support Malawi with USD26 million in offshore...
Clinic Closed As Lone Nurse Goes On Holiday

Clinic Closed As Lone Nurse Goes On Holiday

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Patients seeking medical attention at Mlare health Centre in Karonga are bearing more and costs of seeking medical help as the clinic has been closed due to the absence of medical assistant who is currently on holiday. Now communities are being forced to travel a distance of over 20 kilometers o access health services at Nyungwe health center or Karonga main hospital. Health advisory committee member, Vyanangika Mkwala confirmed of the issue, saying the health center was closed since 20th October, 2017. “It is true the facility is closed down. We don’t know what to do because there is only one Medical Assistant.. The authorities are failing to help us,” he said. The situation is unbearable for pregnant mothers and other seriously ill patients who require immediate attention. “We repor
Malawi Records 260, 000 STIs, Launches New Condom Strategy

Malawi Records 260, 000 STIs, Launches New Condom Strategy

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With over 260 000 Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) recorded in the country in 2016; the Ministry of Health on Friday launched a new National Condom Strategy and a revised Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Management Guidelines. The new National Condom Strategy aims at improving condom availability and use amongst sexually active persons which government says still remain inconsistent. Current statistics show only four condoms are being per person per year. The new Sexually Transmitted Infections Management Guidelines contains revised treatment regimens and how to deal with new emerging syndromes. Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi officially launched the two documents at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe. He said the two documents would help government guide...
Cholera Alert: Students Admitted In Chikwawa District

Cholera Alert: Students Admitted In Chikwawa District

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Cholera continues to devastate Chikwawa district with about five students from Chikwawa Secondary School currently being admitted to district hospital for possible-cholera infection. The district has been subjected to continued Cholera outbreaks over the years due to poor hygiene standards and communities' negligence to practice good sanitation behaviors. In August nine people were admitted to Chikwawa district hospital following a Cholera outbreak barely four months after another outbreak hit the district’s two villages in the area of Paramount Chief Lundu. Over 38 people were affected during the last outbreak. Health authorities in Chikwawa district are currently encouraging communities to follow proper hygiene methods, to prevent further spread of Cholera. Environmental Health Of
Health Experts Call For Abortion Legalization

Health Experts Call For Abortion Legalization

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Health experts have appealed to the relevant authorities for the legalization of safe abortion due to increased cases of unsafe abortions in the country. A 2009 research conducted by the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA) found that at the time 67,000 women had unsafe abortions in Malawi which costs government US$1 million to treat complications. A later study conducted by COPUA in 2015, revealed that 141,000 women had abortions in Malawi, of which 53% were from unintended pregnancies. 60% of the 141,000 abortions resulted in complications for the mothers, due to unsafe abortion. On a daily basis, the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre receives around ten women for post abortion care, which indicates that some women are still resorting to unsafe abortion