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Ntchisi steps up efforts in cholera prevention

Written by  Pauline Kaude
Malawi Red Cross Volunteers sweeping at a Cholera Camp Malawi Red Cross Volunteers sweeping at a Cholera Camp File photo

Ntchisi, February 08, 2018: Despite not registeringany cholera case this season,Ntchisi district has intensified interventions aimed at ensuring prevention of the disease.

The district which last had a cholera case in 2005, is conducting community sensitization and awareness campaigns on simple cholera signs and symptoms according to the district’s Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Coordinator, Yotamu Kwauma.

He said cholera related messages are being disseminated to communities through public address system with support from World Vision Malawi.

To ensure that the communities are well informed and sensitized on the disease, the messages are also being disseminated to the people during any community gatherings.

“Apart from the sensitization and awareness campaigns, through the District Health Office, High Test Hypochlorite (chlorine) is being distributed to almost all households in the district,” said Kwauma.

Meanwhile, the district hospital has established a committee that is there to conduct investigations in case of rumors of any suspected cases.

Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Joshua Malango said in a separate interview that since the first cholera case this season was registered in Karonga district on November 27 last year, five people have died of the disease.

Four of the deaths he said, occurred in Karonga district while Lilongwe district has registered one death. A total of 393 cases have been reported in 11 affected districts. 

According to Malango, as of Tuesday this week, there were 11 new cholera cases reported from four districts namely Karonga, Lilongwe, Salima and Dowa.

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