Jul 21, 2018 Last Updated 1:53 PM, Jul 20, 2018
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Malawi Still Behind In Eliminating Maternal Deaths

Four mothers and 54 babies die every month in Blantyre alone Four mothers and 54 babies die every month in Blantyre alone Image sourced at pih.com
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The public is pointing out that the country still has a long way to go in achieving safe motherhood the especially rural areas where mothers are forced to seek traditional birth attendants.

This is being attributed to lack of hospitals and health centers in rural areas.

The major causes of maternal mortality in Malawi include complications of abortion and obstructed labour.

Prevention of maternal deaths is closely linked to women's timely utilisation of emergency obstetric care when complications arise.

Women's inability to access care has been related to three delays; delay in seeking medical care, accessing the health care facilities and to actually receive the medical care.

In Malawi, both the government and the private sector have been working to reduce maternal deaths.

Statistics show that four mothers and 54 babies die every month in Blantyre alone, due to delivery related complications.

Funny Kachale is the Director for Reproductive Health at the Ministry of Health told Capital FM that there has been a decline in the number of new born mortality because in the year 2010 there were 31 per thousand live deaths.

Despite the government smiling at the development, the public feels that the country has a long way to go before it can fully achieve safe motherhood.

Health activists believe most maternal deaths are preventable.

According to Anne Phoya who is president of the Association of Malawian Midwives (AMAMI) the challenges that are being faced in the health sector can only be achieved if government steps up efforts in eliminating the existing challenges.

Phoya points out that, factors such as shortage of drugs and health personnel also contribute to the increasing maternal mortality rate.

It is important for the government to work towards having skilled attendants available at birth and emergency obstetric care, as global evidence indicates that these are key to reducing maternal mortality.

Otherwise the country will continue moving in circles, without actually achieving safe motherhood.

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