Cholera resurfaces in Malawi, Rapid Response Teams Formed to Fight the Disease

 MRCS volunteers at a Oral Deydration point in Chikwawa MRCS volunteers at a Oral Deydration point in Chikwawa - pic by Christopher Sande

Concerned by the resurfacing of cholera cases in some districts, authorities in Chikwawa have intensified rapid response teams along the borders with Mozambique in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

The district last registered cases on 12 September this year and officials there are on alert to make sure that the disease does not hit again, now that other districts including the neighboring Nsanje have registered some new cases.

Chikwawa Assistant Environmental Officer, Andrew Kwiwenga told Zodiak yesterday that they have also engaged their Mozambican counterparts to work together in fighting the disease.

“Last week, we had a meeting with the Mozambique team where we discussed ways of preventing cholera.

“We also have Rapid response teams along the border with Mozambique so that suspected cases are handled urgently,” said Kwiwenga adding that they have increased their efforts in sensitizing Malawians to adhere to hygiene practices.

The Assistant Environmental Officer went on to thank Malawi Red Cross Society for taking a leading role in containing the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Malawi Red Cross Society has mounted oral dehydration points in 15 districts including along the borders, with support from UNICEF to provide early support to patients.

Our visit  to Chang’ambika village within Group Village Headman Njobvuyalema under Chief Ngabu found a well-set oral dehydration point manned by three Malawi Red Cross volunteers.

One of the volunteers, Sauli Nason said the point was set close to the border to treat some suspected cholera patients saying they last received cases from Mozambique on 12 September, this year.

Apart from oral dehydration points, Malawi Red Cross has also rehabilitated over 110 boreholes in various parts of the country to make sure that people are drinking safe water.

For in Phalombe, learners from Nasiyaya Primary school thanked the humanitarian organisation for fixing their borehole thereby making them to follow all cholera preventive measures.

Similar sentiments were also expressed by communities from Blantyre, Chikwawa and Mulanje, where for instance, Chief Preventive Health officer for Blantyre, Penjani Chunda promised to continue working with various stakeholders to prevent cholera.

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