Blantyre on cholera alert after one death

A hospital medic outside a cholera clinic in Blantyre

By Solister Mogha

Blantyre District Health Office Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Gift Kawalazira on Wednesday confirmed having registered one cholera case in Blantyre.

According to Dr Kawalazira, the cholera patient was found dead in his room at a lodge and had travelled from Lilongwe.

"Death was confirmed at Ndirande Health Clinic and preliminary tests have come positive for cholera and we are now awaiting confirmatory results within the next 48 hours," said Kawalazira.

Meanwhile, the dead body has been repatriated to Pengapenga Health Centre in Ntcheu for an expedited burial to be done in the company of District Environmental Health Officers. 

"I would like to encourage all of you to be vigilant and have a high index of suspicion for cholera in all diarrhea cases and take a proper clinical history. Where you are not sure, raise the alarm and consult accordingly," he appealed.

This is the first time that the district has registered a cholera case. The district has since intensified cholera awareness campaigns.

Source:
Malawi News Agency