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Use cholera funds prudently— Parliament

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Mathews Ngwale

Parliamentary Committee on Health Chairperson Mathews Ngwale has urged those charged with the responsibility of fighting cholera to use funds meant for the cause prudently.

He said this when he accompanied Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa to Limbe and Makhetha health centres in Blantyre over the weekend.

They visited the health facilities to appreciate efforts being made to put cholera at bay.

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They first visited Limbe Health Centre before heading to Makhetha Health Centre, Machinjiri Township, in the commercial city.

Ngwale further asked water boards to ensure consistent supply of water.

“The situation is emanating from erratic water supply, forcing people in highly populated areas to be drinking dirty water,” he said.

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Nankhumwa, on his part, called for concerted efforts in the fight against cholera.

He also called on the government to, among other things, expedite the process of recruiting healthcare workers to be deployed to cholera camps.

“The staffing levels remain very low. Therefore, processes should be expedited to recruit more healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, Blantyre Director of Health and Social Services Gift Kawalazira has said Blantyre continues to register cholera cases, especially in Bangwe, Limbe and Makhetha in Machinjiri.

He indicated that over 1,300 people have contracted infections, with over 60 people succumbing to the disease.

“Everyone must be following hygiene protocols as we work towards containing the disease within the coming weeks,” he said.

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