The World Health Organization (WHO) described the situation in Malawi cholera epidemic as the largest on the African continent. The country is responsible for nearly 40% of the total cases recorded in 12 African countries affected or at risk of being affected by cholera.
At a high-level meeting of technocrats from 14 African countries in Lilongwe, Malawi, WHO regional health security adviser Ambroise Talisuna said Malawi had recorded 51,287 cases out of 129,295 cholera cases as of March 5, the highest among the 12 countries. Talisuna said that of the 3,016 deaths recorded in these 12 countries, 1,605 deaths, or 53.2%, were recorded in Malawi.
Talisuna stressed that the outbreak in Malawi is linked to climate change and cross-border relations. movement. The WHO has urged all 14 African countries to renew their commitment to eliminating cholera epidemics by 2030, as the continent is “lagging behind”. from Malawi Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda agreed with Talisuna and expressed hope that the Tithetse Kolera (Let’s End Cholera) campaign, launched by President Lazarus Chakwera on February 13, would help reduce the number of cases and deaths linked to cholera.
Ministerial meeting to be officially opened by Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima, accompanied by Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, current champion of cholera elimination, is expected to address the meeting via video link. The cholera outbreak in Malawi remains a significant public health problem, and urgent measures must be taken to contain the disease and prevent its spread.
Still on the cholera epidemic in Malawi…
Talisuna also mentioned that the ministers’ meeting would discuss ways to contain cholera and address other climate change challenges on the continent. The WHO advocates for the surveillance of cross-border movements and the harmonization of interventions with the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The Malawi Ministry of Health is working with all stakeholders to take the cholera campaign door to door, with the intention of covering all 49,000 villages in the country. The ministry urged citizens to take appropriate hygiene and sanitation measures to reduce the spread of the disease.
WHO and other organizations provided technical and financial support to Malawi to contain the outbreak. However, urgent measures are needed to control the spread of the disease, particularly as the rainy season continues. from Malawi
The vice president called for a coordinated response to the outbreak, emphasizing the need for partnerships between government, civil society and international organizations to address the root causes of the disease.
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