Health Rights Activists Speak Out on Cholera
As the country continues registering cholera cases, health rights activists George Jobe and Maziko Matemba have observed that the fight against the disease needs multi-sectoral collaboration as it is unhygienic related disease.
“There should be joint efforts among health, water and local government ministries in controlling further spread of cholera,” said Jobe who is also Executive Director of Malawi Health Equity Network.
On his part Executive Director of Health and Rights Education Programme Maziko Matemba said it is unfortunate that despite ministry of health’s efforts to contain cholera, the disease continues spreading.
“It is high time government and NGOs pulled their resources together to support communities in observing best hygienic practices to prevent the disease,” said Matemba.
Spokesperson for the ministry of health Adrian Chikumbe said the fight against cholera is winnable with adequate sensitizations about the disease and improved access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.
“We should not forget that the ministry of health launched cholera vaccination campaign to complement the hygiene promotions and with this we are hopeful that this disease will be contained,” said Chikumbe.
On Monday 1st August, 2022, cases of cholera in Malawi reached 1009 with 41 cholera deaths cumulatively.