SUICIDE CASES SPIKE IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2023, MEN MOST AFFECTED
GOVT YET TO CONSOLIDATE CHOLERA SUPPORT RENDERED SO FAR
By Kenson McCloud
Government says it is not yet ready to disclose to the public the support that has been rendered so far in the fight against Cholera as pressure continues to mount with the rising cases.
As of 19 January, 899 people had died of Cholera in Malawi while 27,501 have been affected so far.
The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Cholera had earlier this month sounded an SOS and appealed to the public, private companies and organisations for support in the fight against Cholera to among other things assist in improving water and sanitation facilities in schools in the country.
In an Interview with Timveni, spokesperson in the Ministry of Health, Adrian Chikumbe, says the ministry cannot account for all the support as some of it has been going directly to the places of need.
However, Chikumbe said the support is not enough as the cases have been on a steady increase.
According to Chikumbe, treatment centres are in short of supply of equipment including protective gear and Chlorine.
Recently, government announced that it had run out of 2.5 million Cholera vaccine doses.