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Cholera claims one in Machinga

One person has died and 26 others are in hospital following a cholera outbreak that has hit the districts of Machinga and Zomba.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health, there are reports of cholera outbreak in Machinga and Zomba and that Machinga has registered 19 cases with one death while Zomba has registered 7 cases with no death.

The Ministry has advised the general public to properly use latrines; wash hands with soap after visiting the toilet and before handling food as well as after changing babies’ nappies. They should also use safe treated water (or boiled water) all the time.

However, Public Relations Officer for Machinga District Health Office Clifton Ngozo said they have been receiving such cases since October but the cases have increased this month from Lake Chilwa area.

“The situation here is critical. [Because] people near Lake Chilwa drink unprotected water and some defecate in the same water making it easier for the spread of cholera. But we are trying to control the situation as we have sent our health workers at an island on Lake Chilwa called Sekwere where we have received a lot of these cases and other places, explained Ngozo.

The Ministry has however said it is doing everything possible to control the outbreak and that health workers in all the health facilities are ready to help and treat any member of the community.

In addition, the statements said medical supplies for cholera treatment are available in all health facilities.

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