A Scabies outbreak has hit Mchinji with the contagious itchy disease reported in all traditional authorities (T/As) in the district.
Mchinji District Hospital health promotion officer Owen Chataika has confirmed the outbreak.
However, he said the hospital has few drugs to cure the disease.
“We appeal to well-wishers to support the district with drugs and funds for community sensitisation to prevent further spread of the disease,” he said.
Chataika said the disease has mostly affected children. He has since advised communities to practise proper hygiene to prevent its spread.
“Scabies can be prevented by bathing with soap, avoiding sharing of clothes and beddings that are contaminated. Most importantly, seeking health services,” he said.
The hospital’s dermatology officer Fatima Chautsi said between July 2019 and January 2020 Mchinji District Hospital registered 1186 cases.
“Scabies, if not treated in time, affects kidneys and the heart,” she said.
In a separate interview, T/A Mduwa said some of the affected children have stopped going to school. “This is for preventive measure,” he said.