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Cholera claims life in Blantyre

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

According to Dr Kawalazira, the cholera suspected man (name withheld) 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.

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Robert Ngwira
Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football. Email:


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