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Cholera cases hit 289

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Ministry of Health and Population has said 289 cholera cases have been recorded so far.

A report from the ministry says, as of January 24, there were three new cholera cases, one in Karonga and two in Lilongwe.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Joshua Malango, said Karonga remained the worst hit with 206 cases.

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Malango said three cholera patients are admitted to treatment centres in the two districts, with four deaths recorded nationwide.

“The situation, as compared to cases we were receiving on daily basis, has tremendously improved. We can say that the situation has stabilised. Previously, we could receive 20 to 22 cases per day but now we are having not more than three cases in a day,” he said

Early this month, the ministry said it was in the process of securing cholera vaccines from World Health Organisation to boost the preventive and controlling measures of the outbreak in the country.

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Malango said the vaccines will arrive first week of February and the first consignment will be administered in Karonga.

“If all goes well, we would like to be done with administering the vaccines in Karonga by February 15 as we wait for another consignment to reach out to other hotspots,” he said

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