Cholera continues to haunt people in Nsanje, with latest reports indicating that cholera cases have hit 159. District environmental health officer Veronica Mkukumira told Malawi News Agency Monday afternoon that the situation was slowly getting out of hand.
Mkukumira revealed that Kalemba and Sorgin health facilities which are in the area of Chief Mbenje, have already treated one and three cases respectively.
Said Mkukumira: “Things are getting out of hand as 27 cholera cases have been treated within the week, bringing the number to 159 from 132 last week. However, the District Health Office is working around the clock to fight the cholera epidemic through health talks as well as cholera sensitisation campaigns.”
On Monday, Churches Action in Relief and Development(Card) rescued the District Health Office with a donation of medical supplies, which included chlorine and Oral Rehydration Salts(ORS) worth K3 250 000 to help control the situation.
Mkukumira was hopeful that such interventions would help control the situation. She hailed Card for complementing government’s efforts in controlling the outbreak.
She said: “As Nsanje DHO, we are very appreciative for the medical supplies support from Card. The support will go a long way towards the fight against cholera. We are asking for more support from other stakeholders so that we can win the battle.”
Card project officer Mathews Mwalwanda said the organisation felt duty-bound to support government in dealing with the cholera outbreak.
Mwalwanda hoped that the medical supplies, donated with support from the Christian Aid and the Norwegian Church Aid, would make a difference.
Said Mwalwanda: “As Card, we are sure that the donation will make a difference as far as fighting the cholera outbreak in the district is concerned.”