Family planning officials in Mulanje are pointing fingers at Mozambican women for draining family planning method resources from the cash strapped Malawi government.
Margaret Mchere, an official responsible for family planning methods at Mulanje District Hospital said there are 129944 child bearing women in Mulanje yet 139422 women are accessing the methods in the border district.
“The increase in women accessing the methods is a clear indication that women from Mozambique cross over the borders to access the methods in Malawi,” said Mchere.
She said this is putting pressure on resources meant to serve Malawians only.
The fertility rate in Malawi, according to official data, stands at 5:1 per cent which means every child bearing women in Mulanje and Malawi has an average children.
Mchere could also not rule out women from Phalombe and Thyolo accessing the family planning methods.
Meanwhile, Dedza District Hospital has run out of malaria drug La.
Some people are blaming Mozambicans who access the free public hospital services in the district.
District Health Officer Chisowa said the problem could be that health centres are giving out the drug without testing patients for malaria therefore patients not down with malaria are administered La.
“I have written all health centres on this matter to ensure only those suffering from malaria should be given La,” said Chaoswa.
Health minister Peter Kumpalume recently told parliament that the government is in the process of contacting the Mozambique government to address the issue of Mozamicans accessing Malawi public health services in the border districts of Dedza, Ntcheu, Mwanza, Chikhwawa, Nsanje and Mulanje.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :