The Health officials in both districts confided to Maravi Post in an interview that using unsafe water for consumption is believed to be the main cause of the rapid spread of the disease
While Rumphi has registered no death but 41 cases in a period of five days, officials in Karonga a district which has suffered most with the disease since April this year have 13 deaths with 225 cases registered.
Spokesperson for Rumphi district hospital Wanalori Mwamulima says “health officials are doing their best to curb the disease.”
“The disease started on Friday last week with 9 cases registered but as I am talking to you the figure has drastically shoot to 41.”
“The most affected parts are the lake shore areas such as Mulowe, Luwuchi, Chitimba as well as Chiwata` but the health personnel are doing their best,” said Mwamurima.
Karonga Environmental Health Officer Luis Tukula said nothing has changed despite the sensitization campaign on the disease.
“It’s very unfortunate that the disease continue devastating people’s lives despite our efforts as a hospital. Imagine 13 deaths and 225 registered cases, this is not a joke,” worried Tukula.
He said “as of now, about 15 people are battling for their lives at the main hospital.”
They both confirmed to Maravi Post that the case may vastly spread especially if the residents continue to use untreated water.
Most of the affected areas are those that are close to Lake Malawi such as the area of Traditional Authority Kilipula and Mwirang’ombe in Karonga and Luwuchi, Chitimba and Mulowe in Rumphi district.