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Poor water supply fuelling cholera in Blantyre

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Makhetha Health Centre is one of the health facilities overwhelmed by Cholera patients to the extent that it has stopped offering other services but treating cholera patients only.

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In an interview after the inspection tour, Chairperson for the Parliamentary Health Committee, Dr. Mathews Ngwale said the cholera situation in the area needs more effort to contain it.

Ngwale (Centre) speaking during an inspection at Makhetha Health Centre. Pic. Chilungamo Missi. (MANA)

“Our impression is that the situation here is very bad, you look at the area you see toilets next to wells where people are drawing water from, even health workers are unable to provide chlorine to households because water is flowing freely everywhere, therefore protection of the citizens is hard here.

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“The main problem is water supply; people are drinking from unprotected wells because they do not access safe water,” said Dr. Ngwale.

Parliamentary Committee on Health members and other officials during the visit to Chinupule Village which has been hardly hit by Cholera in Makhetha. Pic. Chilungamo Missi. (MANA)

He, therefore, said that water is a national issue demanding urgent solutions because if not careful, cholera will cease to be seasonal like in the past.

 Blantyre District Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merriam Jere Nyasulu said communities and other sectors should join efforts to combat cholera.

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She said: “There is a need for joint efforts to combat this outbreak, it should not be the health workers only, communities and other sectors should join hands so that we fully curb the outbreak”.

On 10 January alone Blantyre had registered 104 new admitted Cholera cases with cumulative cases of 3184 and a death toll standing at 125.

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