The Malawian Ministry of Health (MoH) has declared five districts out of the affected 13 cholera free. The districts are Mulanje, Nsanje, and Chikwawa in the South, Nkhata Bay in the North and Kasungu in the central region.
Information from the ministry indicates that Karonga has a cumulative number of 303 registered cases followed by Lilongwe which has 201 case, Dowa has 5, Salima 59, Dedza 2, Blantyre 1, and Rumphi has 10 reported cholera cases.
While attributing the reduction of the affected districts to the adherence of control measures, MoH spokesperson Joshua Malango yesterday expressed optimism that more districts will soon be declared cholera free.
He said, “Any district that is reporting cholera cases will soon be declared cholera free if it goes two weeks or more without reporting any new cases.”
The first case of cholera was reported in Karonga on November 24 last year, and to date the disease has killed 12 people.