1 dies, over 25 infected in cholera outbreak in Malawi

An outbreak of cholera has hit Malawi's south-eastern districts of Machinga and Zomba, causing one death and 26 cases as on Dec. 25, Ministry of Health says.

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Principal Secretary for Health, Dr. MacPhail Magwira, said in a statement the affected areas were around Lake Chilwa where hygiene among the communities was a big challenge.

wpid-In-2014-the-Greater-Accra-Region-alone-saw-over-20000-cholera-cases-with-over-2000-deaths-300x193.jpgMagwira said Machinga district registered 19 cases and one death while Zomba district registered 7 cases with no death as of Dec. 25.

He said the government had mobilized health workers in the affected areas and that the infected people were being treated at local health facilities.

“We call upon every person that they should go to the nearest hospital or health facility early if they get sick or develop diarrhea,” said Magwira.

He added that medical supplies for cholera treatment were available in all health facilities and that chlorine for water treatment was also being distributed in the communities by Health Surveillance Assistants.

He appealed to all Malawians to practice personal hygiene measures at all times including proper use of latrines, washing hands before handling or eating food, and washing foods like fruits before eating them. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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