Karonga,: Karonga District Health Office (DHO) says it is optimistic that the registration of zero cholera cases for a week now is a sign of winning the fight over the prolonged epidemic in the district.
Acting Director of Health and Social Services Dr Phenius Mfune told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday that the zero case registration has been achieved due to a number of measures that were put in place by his office and other stakeholders.
He cited the ban of selling already made foods and suspension of fishing camps as some of the strategies that have tremendously assisted to reduce the spread of the disease in the district.
However, Dr Mfune said this does not mean that cholera epidemic in the district has come to an end, saying his office can only declare that after registering the zero cholera cases for a period of two weeks.
We are still monitoring the epidemic with keen interest, but as of now we cannot declare Karonga District as cholera free unless we register same results for almost two weeks. If other cases are registered thereafter then that is regarded as new outbreak, he said.
Dr Mfune has since urged people to continue practising hygiene and sanitation in order to contain cholera outbreak completely.
Cholera epidemic in the district started in November last year and 347 cases with seven deaths were registered including death of a father and his son.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA