Ministry reveals measures for cholera outbreak prevention

The Ministry of Health and population has revealed measures being undertaken to prevent outbreak of cholera in the country.

Through its cholera season update released on Wednesday and signed by its Principle Public Relations Officer, Joshua Malango, the ministry said in the current cholera season the country has not registered any cholera case as of 7th January 2020.

According to the ministry, cholera season in Malawi starts on 1st November and comes to an end on 31st October of the following calendar year.

Some of the measures being undertaken that have been highlighted by the ministry include the Epidemic Management Committees and Rapid Response Teams that are investigating and responding to any suspected cholera cases.

The update also indicates that all the district hospitals are fully equipped with Cholera prevention and controlĀ  supplies including Chlorine, and most importantly the central medical stores has all cholera supplies in stock.

The ministry has also plans to administer Oral Cholera Vaccine in Cholera prone districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba and Machinga.

The last confirmed cholera case in Malawi was reported on 29th October 2019 at Nathenje Health Centre in Lilongwe District.

During 2018-2019 cholera season 26 cases with 1 death were reported while 2017-2018 season registered 939 cases with 32 deaths.

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