One new Cholera death in Blantyre

Cholera

Malawi has recorded one new Cholera death in Blantyre bringing the overall total to 93.

Minister of Health, Khumbize Chiponda said most of the deaths occurred while in the communities or at Health Facilities after presenting at the facilities late for treatment.

"The major factors associated with the cholera outbreak in the communities are poor food hygiene, lack of safe water and low latrines coverage and usage (open defecation)."

As of Wednesday, September 21, a total of 12 new cases and 20 suspected cases.

 Out of the 12 new cases; four are from Nkhotakota, three from Mzimba North, two from Nkhata Bay, and one each from Karonga, Blantyre and Kasungu.

The new suspects have been registered in Mzimba South (eight) and Likoma (12), who tested positive using Rapid Diagnostic Tests, and Ministry of Health waiting for for culture confirmation.