12 Feb 2018 - 18:56
Cholera Outbreak Kills Six in Malawi
Lilongwe: The cholera outbreak in Malawi starting last November has killed six people, with recorded cases reaching 434 in the southern African country, authorities said.
According to Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson Joshua Malango, the number of recorded cases since the outbreak started has now reached 434.
Malango said 8 new cholera cases have been reported in two districts namely Lilongwe and Karonga. "On 10th February, 8 new Cholera cases were reported from 2 districts: 5 in Lilongwe and 3 in Karonga," Malango said.
The health spokesperson added that 28 Cholera patients are still admitted at treatment centres in Lilongwe, Rumphi and Karonga. Cholera has hit 12 districts in Malawi and killed 6 people since October last year.
Malawi's Health Minister Atupele Muluzi said that the first batch of 216,000 oral vaccines from the World Health Organization is expected to arrive in the country soon and be distributed to about 108,000 people in Karonga.
He said another 450,000 doses are expected to arrive later to be distributed to other cholera-prone districts in the country. Besides Karonga, the capital city of Lilongwe is also hit hard by the disease.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expressed concern over rising cholera infections in the country, urging authorities to immediately enhance hygiene and sanitary measures.