NTCHEU (Blessings Kang’ombe, Malawi NewsNow ) — A maternal health alliance project being implemented by Care Malawi in Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu has revealed that about 40 newly born babies including 5 women have lost their lives due to maternal related complications.
This happened between the months of January to March 2015 as compared to same period last year were over 50 newly born babies and 6 women died.
Health authorities attributes the development due to inadequate of delivery kits, few number of skilled birth attendant and low attendance to antenatal clinics for most pregnant women among others.
Speaking at a review meeting recently which attracted traditional leaders, health authorities and civil society representatives all from the district, Ntcheu district hospital safemotherhood coordinator Mr. Bhima Mkutumula said authorities were optimistic that the challenges will be addressed due to on-going implementation of maternal health project by care Malawi.
“A skilled birth attendant is supposed to assist 7 women during delivery but this is not the case in the district as we attend to over 200 of them a day.
“With such a case, we will continue loosing lives of women as well as newly born babies if the scenario is not addressed.
“But with on-going project by Care Malawi and involvement of all stakeholders from the district we expect a change hence complimenting governments efforts of reducing maternal related deaths in the district,” Mr. Mkutumula said.
However, Mr. Mkutumula further said formulation of health advisory committees across all 28 health centers present in the district will also help to ease the challenges the health sector is facing in the district.
On his part, Ngoni Paramount Chief Gomani_V also says he will mobilize his subjects to be in forefront in promoting maternal health initiatives.
Gomani_5 further stated that he will make sure to enforce by-laws that will be suitable and efficiency hence improvement of maternal health in the district.
Maternal health alliance programme manager Thumbiko Msiska also said the decision to involve different stakeholders in the district arrived so as to sustain and reduce maternal health related issues.
Care Malawi has been implementing Maternal health alliance project in the district since 2012 up until 5 December 2015 with financial aid from a US based organization Sall Family Foundation.
The project is aimed at finding possible solution in reducing maternal related deaths by engaging communities as well as health providers through scorecard methodology.