Hubby recounts wife’s tragic death: Lilongwe dog-bite

Samuel Jickson, whose wife was killed by unidentified dogs in Lilongwe on February 17, describes her death is the most tragic experience he will live to remember.

Jickson feeds his surviving baby beside him is his four-year-old son  - Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Jickson feeds his surviving baby beside him is his four-year-old son – Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Samuel Jickson, whose wife was killed by unidentified dogs in Lilongwe on February 17

Samuel Jickson, whose wife was killed by unidentified dogs in Lilongwe on February 17

Jickson, 38, clarified that the deceased, Mwatitha Jickson, 26, met her death as she was going to a nearby under-five clinic to get their third born child vaccinated.

In an interview at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where the baby is admitted to, he said: “I still fail to believe it really happened and that I shall never see my wife again. It is like I’ll wake up and find it was all a dream.”

The incident happened in Chilota Village, opposite the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Air-wing in Traditional Authority (TA) Njewa where Jickson lives with his family.

On the fateful morning, he had gone to their garden nearby, but had barely worked for an hour when he got the sad news.

Jickson said Mwatitha was attacked by six dogs whose owner was not known and that she was discovered by a bicycle taxi (kabaza) operator who shouted for help.

He said: “I did not personally see the dogs, but the account that the kabaza man gave was that the dogs were six in number.

“And if the scene was not interrupted by this man and the people who responded to the call for help, we could have lost the baby as well.”

The baby sustained wounds in various parts of the body, but she was immediately treated with anti-rabies drugs at KCH and her condition is improving by the day, according to health workers treating her.

The mother, Mwatitha, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the referral health facility and as of Sunday, her body was still at KCH mortuary following some logistical challenges, according to the husband.

Meanwhile, the Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development has described the incident as “very unfortunate”.

“We are yet to investigate to ascertain whether they were stray dogs or owned but we commend Kamuzu Central Hospital for professionally handling the case of the surviving baby,” explained Patrick Chikungwa, the department’s deputy director for research and investigations.

He said there was need to sensitise the public on responsible dog ownership as well as reducing population of stray dogs to avoid such tragic incidents

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Funeral
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You could definitely see your expertise within the work you write.
The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you
who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

aurora
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heh last report said the mother was going to the farm where her husband was, now they say she was going to the hospital to vaccinate her child..which is which??anyhu RIP mother.. and be healed BBY

Mo
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I feel for my fellow husband and father for a gruesome loss. May you find comfort in the arms of God who never fails as you move on. Praying for you.

lex
Guest

May the healing God perform miracle on this life of this innocent baby

bingiza
Guest

its very sad that even dogs can show/tell us that we are indeed a failed state.

Chalo
Guest

MMMMMMMMM AS A MOTHER AND HOW MUCH AM SADLY TOURCHED BY THIS AM VERY MUCH CONCERNED. MAY HER SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!

apundi says
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kufufuza agaluwa sikungavute, ndimanyumba apafupi pompo, kungoti a polisi sakuwonetsa kulowelerapo pa nkhaniyi, ndikadakhala ine ndikadawapeza agaru sangavute kupeza ayi simunthu kuti wathawa. boma la pitala chitanipo kanthu

freespch
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Two dogs per household was the requirement please enforce this even in the villages.

Nana Nyamchete
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Anali agaludi osati afisi?Koma ngati anali agaludi ndiyetu anachita kutumidwa muufiti no doubt about it.May Her Soul Rest In Peace!

Peter Benga
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It is a tragic that no one can forget

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