36 cholera cases reported in Malawi capital, 4 dead

Health Minister, Kachali: "No cause for alarm"health_minister_kachali.jpg
Barely a day after Balaka district reported the first death of a man suffering from cholera, government has admitted the di

However, government says it has put in place all procedures to control
the cholera outbreak which is slowly sweeping across Malawi.

In Zimbabwe, the outbreak has claimed 746 lives with over 14,000 new
cases being reported. The disease has also been traced in Zambia and
South Africa.

Though Minister of Health, Khumbo Kachali said yesterday there were no
confirmed cases of cholera in government hospitals, his Director of
Preventive Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Stone
Kabuluzi confirmed of 36 cholera at Likuni Mission Hospital in Lilongwe
out of which four people have lost their lives.

Reports from the hospital indicate that two patients died right at the
hospital because they came a bit late while two others are also
suspected to have died at their homes from cholera, he said.

Dr Kabuluzi however said his ministry has instituted necessary measures
to contain the disease not to further spread to other parts of the

All District Health Officers have been alerted. We procured all the
required medical supplies such as Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and
Chlorine and distributed to every health facility.

We are ready to ensure that it does not spread further. We will
identify all those diagnosed and treat and isolate them from others to
avoid further spread, said Kabuluzi.

He said cholera quarantine shelters were also present in all district health centers.

According to Kabuluzi, the ministry had also trained health workers in all the b

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