Blantyre registers first cholera case in 2020

The Ministry of Health and Population has confirmed the first cholera case in Blantyre.

Principal public relations officer in the ministry Joshua Malango told YONECO FM online that the patient was treated at Limbe Health Centre and discharged on Saturday.

The patient is from Bangwe township and is currently being observed at community level.

Last week the ministry outlined some of the Cholera control and prevention measures it has put in place and it stressed that  Cholera supplies are available in all public hospitals.

The line ministry is expected to administer Oral Cholera vaccine in  in Cholera prone districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba and Machinga.

According to the World Health Organisation(WHO), cholera remains a global threat to public health and is an indicator of inequity and lack of social development.

Researchers have estimated that every year, there are 1.3 to 4.0 million cases of cholera, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide due to the infection.

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