Cholera claims one in Balaka

Mike Van Kamande

Balaka District has registered its first death due to cholera this year.

Speaking in an interview, Balaka district hospital health promotion and public relations officer Mercy Nyirenda said the deceased is 33-year-old woman from Chikuse Village in the area of traditional authority (T/A) Matola in the district.

“The deceased was a vegetable seller at Mkwisa Market who developed diarrhea and vomiting on Tuesday. She was rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead upon arrival at the health facility due to loss of too much body fluids.

“This is a third case of cholera reported in Balaka although another occured at Mmanga but was reported to Machinga District Hospital. The other two were admitted to the intensive care unit but were discharged after getting better,” Nyirenda said.

She said a second sample has been sent to the Community Health Services Unit (CHSU) in Lilongwe for laboratory confirmatory test.

 She disclosed that currently the district has no any case of cholera outbreak.

Balaka civil society organisations health thematic chairperson Darlington Thole said the network will work with the district health office to contain the disease.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost a life to cholera in Balaka. The CSO network will assist in advocating for technical support such as provision of chlorine dispensers and enhancing awareness,” Thole said.

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