Ministry of Health has increased the number of districts to be reached in cholera vaccination exercise this year.

This comes as the country continues to register high cholera cases with 17 registered on Monday.

Speaking in an interview with Radio Islam, ministry of health spokesperson, Adrian Chikumbe, says 11 cases are from Blantyre, one case from Chikwawa, one case from Nsanje and four cases from Neno.

According to Chikumbe, Chikwawa and Nsanje continue to register the cases as a result of poor hygiene practices caused by two cyclones of Ana and Gombe that the country experienced.

“There is an urgent need to improve access to safe water and coverage on sanitation, risk communication, community engagement, inter-district and cross border coordination in the prevention and containment of the outbreak,” Chikumbe

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 160 cases of cholera including six deaths.

Meanwhile, Ministry of health has hailed the second phase of oral polio vaccine exercise.

Out of 2.92 million targeted children the ministry has managed to vaccinate 2.97 million