Cholera outbreak that began at the start of the rainy season in November has killed four people, and more than 150 others are hospitalized across Malawi.
According to spokesperson in the ministry of health Joshua Malango the most affected districts are Nkhatabay and Karonga, on the shores of Lake Malawi.
“As of today, we have 137 cases which we have registered from Karonga only,” said Malango,”And unlike Karonga, in Nkhatabay we have 16 cases as of today, with no deaths. While in Karonga we had three deaths.”
The Kasungu and Dowa districts have registered one case each, while on Tuesday, medical workers confirmed two cases in Lilongwe.
The outbreak is believed to have been triggered by poor hygiene among residents, especially in Karonga.
It is said More than 70 percent of people in Karonga are said using untreated water.People in Karonga use water direct from the lake or rivers.
The disease is reportedly tramitted from neighbouring countries,Tanzania and Zambia.
In Zambia, the disease has killed about 40 people in the capital, Lusaka, and affected more than 1,500 others since September.
However, Malawians bordering Zambia should not panic over the Lusaka outbreak, Malango says.
“We are not that close with Lusaka. But we are not taking it lightly. We are putting measures to ensure that people traveling in and out of the country, they must have proper surveillance, we have checked them to ensure that Malawians are safe,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malawi’s government has embarked on a nationwide campaign to remind people to wash their hands with soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating any food.