Chairperson of the Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood and Maternal Health, Senior Chief Kwataine has expressed deep concern over the number of young girls who have been admitted in the Fistula ward at Bwaila District hospital in the capital Lilongwe.
During his surprise visit in the ward, Chief Kwataine was surprised to find a girl as young as 13 years old receiving fistula treatment.
“I will continue to tell my fellow traditional leaders to not entertain early marriages and to ensure our girls go to school the youngest girl in this ward is 13 and certainly at this tender age her body is not ready for childbirth hence the complications she has suffered,” he told Nyasa Times in an interview.
Senior Chief Kwataine presented a donation of vitameal to the ward which he said came from President Dr Joyce Banda.
“President Dr Joyce Banda believes that nutrition is important to a mother and so these packs of vitameal are for these fistula patients,” he said.
The fistula unit at Bwaila was officially opened by President Banda on July19, 2012 to provide care to women suffering from obsetric fistula which mostly occurs during childbirth.
Patients come from as far as Mozambican border for operations at the facility which was donated by Annie Clogg of the Free from Fistula Foundation.
Chief Kwataine is soon expected to make similar visits to other hospitals as part of their “No woman should die giving birth” campaign.