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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 12:51

Mchinji district hospital in cholera outbreak mass sensitization campaign

Written by  Aaron Banda
AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Cholera sensitization underway in Blantyre - Pic by Solister Mogha AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: Cholera sensitization underway in Blantyre - Pic by Solister Mogha

Mchinji, January 03, 2017: In response to reported cases of cholera outbreak which have affected a number of districts surrounding Mchinji, Mchinji district hospital has this week embarked on a mass sensitization campaign to curtail the spread of the disease. 

Deputy health promotion officer for Mchinji district hospital, Frank Kaphaso told Mana that the institution has started briefing health surveillance assistants in all health centres across the district including primary education advisers to alert all schools within their zones.

"There are high chances for the district to get affected by the disease as we have reports that all our surrounding districts have been affected. As a district, we are doing all we can to make sure that communities are safe from the disease," he said.

Districts like Lilongwe, Kasungu, Dedza, Nkhotakota, and Karonga are among the affected areas in the country.

Meanwhile the disease has also greatly affected the neighboring country Zambia with 42 deaths and close to 2000 confirmed cases reported so far.

This has led to the Zambian government to deploy defense forces to join in fight against cholera outbreak and a decision was made to address the problem by among other things, closing all markets, banning street vending and also church gatherings in Lusaka and Chipata.

Kaphaso said there are plans to have a cross-border meeting to discuss ways of addressing the problem.

The hospital is therefore appealing to the communities to report to the health surveillance assistant of their area if they observe signs and symptoms of cholera which include severe diarrhea of white feaces which may lead to chronic dehydration.

Cholera remains one of the serious deadly diseases and can be transmitted from one person to another if besides medical treatment, hygiene practices are not observed.