Eastern Province still at risk of Cholera outbreak —Medical practitioner warns


Health Specialist, Charles Fanaka, has said Eastern Province is still at risk of experiencing cholera outbreak despite government declaring an end to the waterborne disease.

Fanaka said in an interview on Wednesday in Chipata that the province was still at risk of the cholera outbreak, especially in areas that are sharing borders with Malawi, which are still recording cases.

Fanaka pointed out that Vubwi recorded the last case about a week ago whilst Chipata had its last outbreak case last week.

He said Chipangali has gone for three weeks without recording any case, declaring the outbreak as over in the district.

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Fanaka said it was important for members of the public to be alert and manage the cases that occur as Malawi was still recording cases.

He, however, said the cases were generally on the decline compared to the previous months.

Fanaka has commended partners that participated in the fight against cholera in the province.

On Wednesday, government declared an end to the Cholera outbreak in four districts namely Mwansabombwe in Luapula province as well as Chipangali, Lusangazi and Vubwi in Eastern Province out of the reported seven districts.

Zambia had declared a cholera outbreak on January 21, 2023, which started in Vubwi district and affected another seven that included Chipata, Chipangali and Lusangazi districts in Eastern province.

Others were Mwansabombwe and Nchelenge districts in Luapula Province and Nsama and Mpulungu districts in Northern Province, which resulted in the country to record a cumulative 319 cases and eight deaths.

Fanaka is a medical doctor based in Eastern Province.

Contributed by Julius Phiri

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