Malawi hospital runs out of medication after increase in STD cases - report

2016-04-13 14:07

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Lilongwe - Health officials at Malawi's Lilongwe district are reportedly on high alert following the high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases which have hit at least 9 000 young people in the last four months, reports Nyasa times.

Spokesperson for the Lilongwe district health office (DHO), Richard Mvula, said that most of the "affected" people in the district were suffering from gonorrhoea and syphilis.

He said that the most vulnerable group were young girls, between the ages of 19 and 25.

In a previous report, the Nyasa Times revealed that a small tea town in southern Malawi, Tyholo, had an HIV prevalence of at least 18%.

Officials in Tyholo claimed that the majority of young people in the area were engaging in unsafe sexual intercourse, which resulted in unsafe abortions and HIV.  

Mvula further claimed that a nearby hospital was running out of "important" drugs meant to treat the patients. 

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