Lack of potable water exposes ‘neglected’ Neno district to typhoid: 3 deaths, 41 cases

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Typhoid Fever deaths in Neno district have now reached three with forty one confirmed cases.

Neno District Hospital Public Relations Officer, Caroline Banda, told Zodiak radio that the number is likely to rise as people in the affected areas, Dambe, Symon and Chekucheku, do not have potable water sources.

 She said, as of today, fifty six people are being suspected of having the disease and laboratory tests are being carried.

In 2010, the disease first appeared in a mysterious way puzzling health personnel and killed 45 people before being eradicated.

Typhoid is a bacterial infection that can lead to a high fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. It can be fatal. It is caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi. The infection is often passed on through contaminated food and drinking water, and it is more prevalent in places where handwashing is less frequent.

Neno District has been neglected by the government since the reign of Bakili Muluzi and his United Democratic Front (UDF).

It is the only district that has no tarmac road, and potable water is a big challenge to the people living in the district thereby exposing themselves to Typhoid Fever almost in every year.

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