Nsanje District Health Office Upbeat on Winning Cholera Fight

Nsanje District’s Acting Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gilbert Chapweteka, says there is a huge decline in the number of cholera cases being recorded having registered only two cases in the past week.

He said they used to register a minimum of five cases every day.

“It’s the first time to have registered such a number in a week. We used to register three or five cases on a daily basis. So I would say we are getting there,” explained Dr. Chapweteka.

“We have intensified cholera preventive measures by engaging communities on good sanitation and hygiene practices so that we completely contain the outbreak,” Dr. Chapweteka added.

According to Dr. Chapweteka, cumulatively they have registered 258 cases with 13 deaths including community deaths.

Earlier in the week, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Director, Dr. Nema Kimambo, decried the country’s cholera case fatality currently standing at an average of 4.77 describing the trend as worrisome.

Doctor Kimambo said “the deaths should have been one percent of the cases, there various factors that have contributed to the situation; including delay by the communities to report to health facilities and quality of care,” said Dr. Kimambo

She noted with concern that Nsanje’s case fatality surpasses the national case fatality as the district has registered 13 deaths representing 5.08 percent.

Malawi has registered over 700 cholera cases with 35 deaths.

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