Ministry of Health says as of 9th February this year, Malawi has registered a total of 420 cases of cholera with 6 deaths recorded.
Responsible Minister Atupele Muluzi, made the announcement in Parliament on Friday, when he gave the National Assembly an update of the country’s cholera situation.
He nonetheless reiterated government’s commitment together with its cooperating partners in ending the current outbreak.
He assured Parliament that the situation is getting better and is manageable.
“I would like to assure this August House that the Government, through my Ministry and partners, is committed to ending the current cholera outbreak in the country and I am pleased to report that the situation is getting better and will soon be under control” assured Muluzi.
So far, 245 cases were diagnosed in Karonga where 4 of the deaths occurred and 104 cases were dealt with in Lilongwe which resulted in the two deaths.
Nkhatabay has treated 20 cases, 18 in Salima, 11 in Likoma, 6 in Nsanje, 5 in Dowa, 4 each in Mulanje and Rumphi while Blantyre, Kasungu and Chikwawa have all registered a single case.
The Health Minister informed the house that as of 9th February, 21 cholera patients were in the treatment camps still receiving critical treatment.
Muluzi also announced that World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to deliver the first consignment of 216,000 doses of cholera vaccines to Malawi for distribution, in high risk areas.
He explained that the vaccination intervention is aimed at complementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; which are essential in preventing the disease and in its further spread.
The Minister disclosed that the Ministry has also applied to the UN agency for another consignment of vaccine enough for 450,000 people, targeting Karonga, Nkhatabay and Mangochi districts.
He then applauded healthcare professionals for their dedication to duty which he noted has made a significant difference to those who have contracted the disease.
He urged people be more responsible in matters of health and hygiene by among others; avoiding open defecation and wash hands with soap after toilet use or nappy change, to eradicate the possibility of cholera spreading.
Statistics indicate that since 2015 about 600,000 people have been vaccinated in Nsanje, Chikwawa, people around Lake Chilwa, in Phalombe, Machinga, Zomba, Salima and around Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.