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Malawi: Minister Satisfied With Efforts in Containing Cholera

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has expressed satisfaction with the efforts made in the management of cholera in hospitals despite some challenges.

Chiponda was speaking on Wednesday during a day-long tour together with partners to appreciate progress made in containing cholera at Area 18 Health Center, Likuni and Nkhoma mission Hospitals in Lilongwe.

“We have much efforts being made in these hospitals in the management of the disease although there are still challenges such as human resource and space to keep the patients,” she said.

Chiponda said health facilities like Area 18 Health Center are making efforts to contain the disease but is overwhelmed with cholera cases from beyond its catchment area.

She said the centre needs more tents to keep the patients as it is now receiving cases from Area 25 Health Center where the hospital was closed due to fracas.

In terms of supplies, she said, the hospitals have enough medical supplies and drugs.

Chiponda further said recovery rate is very good as people are getting their treatment in time unlike in the past where they were seeking medical attention very late when they are weak.

Chiponda said the government is grateful to mission hospitals such as Likuni and Nkhoma under the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) for standing with the government to manage cholera.

The hospitals are receiving cholera cases from the communities without charging any fee, she said.