By Moses Masiye
Health officials in Malawi’s eastern region district of Balaka have expressed worry over an flooding of teenage mothers at its maternity facilities, saying this is posing a threat towards an initiative of reducing maternal and neo natal deaths.
Balaka district medical officer Dr. Mtisunge Kachingwe told this blogger that there is a need for prompt action to curb the vice.
She asked several stakeholders to join hands in ending the problem.
“Though I do not have the statistics at hand, the situation is alarming as evidenced in most of our facilities,” said Dr. Kachingwe.
She said there are a lot of complications, some leading to maternal deaths especially for girls below the age of 18.
Dr. Kachingwe commended other partners like non governmental organisation- Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS), which has trained 30 youth who will reach out fellow others with messages of sexual and reproductive health.
She said her office is not idle, as it is tirelessly trying all it can, to ensure that the youth receive necessary sexual and reproductive health messages, and provide them with family planning services.
FOCUS monitoring and evaluation officer Vincent Ngwira said the selected youth are equipped to overcome this challenge.
Ngwira said the week-long training in sexual and reproductive health, is part of increasing citizens demand for accountability and transparency for maternal and child health- INCIDANT project, being implemented with support from Scottish government through Christian Aid.
“The training will assist in reducing teenage pregnancies and prevention of further transmission of sexually transmission infections, including HIV/Aids,” said Ngwira.
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