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Malawian Schools Remain Shut Following Spike in Cholera

Malawi has postponed the resumption of public schools in its two largest cities, Blantyre and Lilongwe, in an effort to reduce the number of cholera deaths, the health minister has confirmed.

“Due to the continuing increase of cholera cases and deaths in the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe, primary and secondary schools in the two cities will not start on 3rd January as earlier advised,” Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda said in a statement.

A new reopening date would be disclosed, Chiponda stated urging authorities to tighten control efforts, including speeding up immunisations and using chlorine to sanitise crowded areas like marketplaces and schools.

 

 Malawian Schools Remain Shut Following Spike in Cholera (spadetv.africa)

According to the Health Ministry, the total number of cases and deaths has risen to 17,824 and 595, respectively, with the mortality rate rising to 3.34 percent, a

Around 100 people per year pass away from cholera in Malawi’s rainy season, which runs from November to March. But it’s anticipated that this epidemic will be the deadliest yet.

Victims include doctors who work in public health facilities. In roughly 30 countries worldwide that reported cholera outbreaks in 2022, the U.N. health office reports that death rates are growing, about a third higher than in an average year.

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