Thyolo Registers Six Cholera Cases
A health expert, Mphatso Nguluwe Chikhwaza, has blamed Malawi’s continued recording of cholera cases throughout the seasons to the laxity on outbreak preventive measures.
This comes as Thyolo district has recorded six cholera cases in two Traditional Authorities of Nchiramwera and Ngolongoliwa.
Thyolo health promotion officer, Fanuel Makina confirmed on Monday that the six were responding to treatment at the hospital.
"So far, six cases have been registered from Ndalama and Mzuwa villages in Senior chief Nchiramwera, including some few registered in the area of T/A Ngolongoliwa," Makina said.
While urging the people in the district to observe hygiene practices, Makina said stakeholders and environmental health structures are already on the ground strengthening surveillance on the outbreak and other water borne diseases.
He has added that various stakeholders are also distributing chlorine and water treatment equipment.
He said, "This is aside the community sensitisation efforts underway regarding the beginning of cholera season from 1st November, 2024 to 31st October, 2024".
Chikhwaza has tipped the government and stakeholders to stop relaxing on educating the masses on the outbreaks, such as cholera.
"As a country, we tend to relax most of the times when there are issues. Like last time when we had cholera, we had intensified education to people on how they could prevent it. But as soon as there was less numbers of people having cholera, that education went down," she said.
From last year, the country has been recording cholera cases throughout the seasons, a development that prompted President Lazarus Chakwera to launch the Tithetse cholera intervention to mobilize resources and enhance hygiene at all levels.
The cholera outbreak claimed over 1, 000 people in the country last year.