Cholera cases rise to 67 in Mulanje

Mulanje has registered a total of 67 cholera cases since the onset of the rainy season, Health Promotion Officer for Mulanje District Health Office (DHO), Chipiriro Mjojo, has disclosed.

He said the district recorded 56 cases for the past week with all patients being treated in the health facilities.

Mjojo added that Mulomba health facility is under heavy pressure with most patients from Chitimbe Village admitted to the facility.

“The most hit facilities are 12 with Mulomba being the worst with 56 recorded cases in the past seven days. Two patients of Mozambican origin have died,” Mjojo said.

Mjojo: Mulomba Health Center received more cases than any facility. Pic, Mitchel Tholiwa (Mana)

Meanwhile, Mulanje DHO in conjunction with partners, have intensified activities such as risk communication, community engagement, active surveillance mentorship on case management and cross border meetings as precautionary measures to prevent further spread of the disease.  

District Commissioner for Mulanje, David Gondwe, said the Council is taking all the necessary measures to contain the situation with the available resources.

He, therefore, called upon partners to collaborate in containing the situation in the district.

“As of now our health sector is on the ground with various interventions to contain the situation. We are getting good results of improved service delivery as some are being discharged.

“I would like to appeal to partners to join hands with the Council in the fight against the out-break,” said Gondwe.

Agnes Sunapaone of Manga Village appealed to fellow villagers to take extra care on hygiene saying cholera is easily transmitted and can spread faster if precautional measurers are not adhered to.

Mulanje District is one of the districts prone to cholera as the previous outbreak affected 1,058 people.

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