Cholera Threat in Mzuzu
Water and Environmental, Sanitation Network Network Vice Chairperson for the north Tirivanhu Tizifa has warned that continued poor sanitation and hygiene in Mzuzu can be a catalyst of Cholera outbreak in the northern region city which is a major recipient of food supplies from Nkhata bay, a district that has been hit hard by the disease.
Network Vice Chairperson for the north Tirivanhu Tizifa has told Zodiak in an interview on Thursday that it is worrisome to notice that the city which borders Nkhatabay remains filthy at a time when it is also receiving rainfall.
"We are worried as Network. And, if nothing happens to manage the situation in Mzuzu, the residents are in danger of the outbreak,” noted Tizifa.
The stink from spilled sewerage system around the Mzuzu bus depot, close to new shops and office structures that have been constructed close to hardware markets, and uncollected waste in communal bins, portray big lapses in sanitation and hygiene management in the northern region city.
This comes at a time when Mzuzu and surrounding areas have since Monday this week being receiving. There is a danger that lapses in sanitation can be a catalyst for the Cholera outbreak, a disease that is killing people in Nkhatabay, a district that is a food basket for the city.
Mzuzu City spokesperson Macdonald Gondwe while conceding lapses in sanitation and hygiene management says the council is on high alert to prevent any outbreak.
Said Gondwe: "We have not just sat back and watch events in Nkhatabay. We have had no Cholera cases in the last years, but this does not warrant us to relax. There are measures in place of avoiding the disease in the city.”
The ravaging Cholera outbreak has hit hard at Tumbuko fishing area in Nkhatabay where as of today Thursday at least 12 people have since died of the disease with close to 200 cases being registered.