Pregnant woman dies due to lack of fuel for ambulance: Malawi woes

A 24 year old woman has died at Mponela Rural Hospital due to a ruptured uterus after authorities failed to refer her to Dowa district hospital because of lack of fuel.

A private radio station Zodiak said on Sunday, Mponela health centre had informed officials at Dowa District Hospital but they could not send an ambulance due to lack of fuel.

District Health officer for Dowa Beatrice Chikaphonya said she had heard of the reports but could not say much on the issue.

She however said the government has just funded the hospital and fuel for ambulances would be bought.

The death comes barely a day after five catholic bishops returned a ‘gift’ of K50000 for each bishop from President Peter Mutharika after the bishops told Mutharika to direct such money to a public hospital in dire need of money.

Hospital officials say the woman would have not lost her life if she underwent the scheduled operation.

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40 thoughts on “Pregnant woman dies due to lack of fuel for ambulance: Malawi woes”

  1. Beatrice Chikaphonya says:

    Ndikomweku nthawi ya jean Kalirani kunatumizidwa ma ambulance 5 a UNICEF aja ndekuti ina ssiinatumizidwe pa Mponela Health Centre. Boma ili penapake ndi timadokotadokotala ta China iti kungokhalira ma allowance basi nkumalimbilana ma offesi

  2. Banda says:

    Mmmm this is killing

  3. FBI geniune. says:

    Peter mr ibu munthalika administration the worst government ever.Zomwe aziwa iwo ndi izi 1,zimphumphu 2,kuba 3,kunjoya 4,kupha 5,uhule 6,mathanyula 7.kuzunza 8,bodza 9,umbombo 10,kusakanza ndalama zaboma 11,the list goes on.Tikamati akupha anthu akumakana nanga sizimenezi mzimayi akufa chifukwa chosowa mafuta mu ambulance,chonsecho kumagula ma bishop ndi ma 50pin zowona zimenezo?koma nde kuyaluka ndipo simunati chifukwa Mulungu akukulangani ndipo sanati zowopsa zikudza,

  4. Ulemu Kwa YHWH says:

    I cry for my beloved country. Bakili Muluzi once said jokingly and I quote, “kuyendesa boma simasewera amayi nda bambo.” Ponela mavoti mumaona ngati kuyendesa boma it’s like kuyendesa business ya kantini eti. Low to no funding but president living extravagant life eg buying chimbuzi chapansewu. My foot.

  5. phalombe the same ,available when funding is ready .Come and check they are pro funding not pro service

  6. ankhoma says:

    akweni. where are you.pliz? tell your govt kuti likuchita nkhaza kwa amai.

  7. Tengupenya says:

    Sad paradox. Another woman who was referred to Dowa hospital used public transport and gave birth on the way in a minibus, safely. She was lucky. Ambulances are also needed at health centre level. councils should attempt mobilizing private contributions and funding towards ambulances. It is their subjects who need the ambulance services. Part of the revenue from the Council taxes should be earmarked for ambulances. Waiting for government alone to provide ambulance services will lead to more deaths.

    Another avenue is to upgrade maternity services at the health centers to a standard that will not need referrals at the last minute such as these ones, This is a more durable solution, but requires more resources. Innovative approached may reduce the required resources, by training the current staff and equipping them as appropriate. The business community should think about this and consider procuring an ambulance for their health centre.

  8. Former Malawian says:

    And some idiots are more concerned about buying a presidential jet, ati because their president staged a fake queuing to board a commercial plane (who stands in a queue on a first class ticket?!). I’ve stopped feeling sorry for that poor country because its citizens get what they deserve- mediocrity! But it’s none of my business #sips wine

  9. munthu says:

    Number 11 ndikugwirizana nanu. Amayika pambali ndrama yotchedwa contingency nkumadzikundikira ma allowance kudzera mu contingency. Ntchito sagwira ma dokotala achimalawi. Mowa ndi akazi kuzanso kuyenda yenda. Ku Karonga kuli wina woti amakhala ku Blantyre koma akamva za funding amatulukira. Ma dokotala amangolimbirana ofesi imodzi, nthawi yoona odwala alibe koma kumakagwiranso ku ma NGO ndi private ngati a ku Karonga. Boma ili koma, siliyenderanso mbava zawozi zotchedwa DHO

  10. HPB says:

    Just the other day there was a news item about the Minister of Health being alleged to want to interfere supposedly due to s bribe, with the award of a tender for some medical supply.

    Not so long ago medical staff at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe demonstrated demanding equipment, medicines, other supplies and improved working conditions.

    There was also a news item in which government is reported to have stated that there were enough medical supplies in hospitals.

    And now an expectant mother looses life due to lack of ambulance fuel. How sad.

    With all this mismanage and incompetence no Minister or responsible official is being fired! Really! Isn’t this a case of negligence? If it is, isn’t government liable for the loss of life?

    Is anybody taking responsibility for this unnecessary loss of life? Why should women be loosing life when bringing life into this world?

  11. Fingo says:

    Ndalama kuthera kulipira news paper ku UK. ZOPUSA!!!!

  12. mbuyuni says:

    Saving life is everyone’s responsibility. Let us be responsible starting from parents, husband and or any person in relation. Loosing a person is a painful permanent loss. Our government is congested as if it was elected while asleep to lead us. Just emulate what nsanje clinicians have just introduced in the health system so that tingolimbapo mtima kuti tizilipira.

  13. Galu says:

    Malawi has indeed fallen apart to dogs. During Atcheya we used to react. What is wrong now with us. Have we also become dogs?

  14. vavlov says:

    This is very sad. No fuel, and yet the government will be paying, or has paid more than K200m for what they call good publicity, can anyone please explain how Malawi would deserve any positive publicity with all these resource mismanagement? People are dying, who could have been saved with the government really cared for its people.

  15. Tione says:

    Sam usanamizire IMF. Ma K50,000 amaperekedwa kwa mabishop anachokera kuti? Nkhani ilipo apa ndi yoti Mathanyula alibe ma priority. Iye mtima uli pongofuna kukhala president basi n’kumangogawa ndalama ngati ufa osaganizira m’zipatala. This man is clueless yet akuti mkazi wake Gertrude ndi woyendetsa za safe motherhood pakamwa pokha koma kuyendayenda ndi kupereka ziphuphu.

  16. Kalweya says:

    Mapwevupwevu too much.

  17. R.I.P. innocent soul

  18. mbuli67 says:

    Koma zinazi kodi sizinaphatikizane ndi umbuli? Munthu kulora mkazi wako, Mayi wako, mchemwali wako, msuweni wako, mfumukazi yako,mwana wa m’mudzi mwanu,.,,.,.,.,! Kumwalira chifukwa chosowa fuel m’boma, eishhh pamene mponera ili ndi ma private vehicles ambirimbiri. Let’s change our mind set Malawi.

  19. Domingo says:

    No! No! This is very pathetic. Can someone please remind me who is coordinating safe motherhood in Malawi. What is she doing? What is her responsibilities? Is she being paid? What is her name?

  20. sam says:

    IMF should take responsibility for these deaths, they say government should not spend, so this is the result, IMF says devalue the kwacha , which our government has blindly done to the extent of 70% within a year, so now government dont have the money to buy basic for there people, Lord Save us from IMF

  21. Sinapondamtota Mbirithire Masiyafumbi says:

    DPP government at its best

  22. gojo says:

    Thats mapwiya president!

  23. George Kamanga says:

    The souls dying because of these greedy, monsters, gangsters, criminals, robbers and murderers in illegitimate led govt will be paid back on them.
    As King Ahab and his entire household paid for the blood of Naboth’s household members he butchered through his evil wife so shall be to the dying souls in Malawi be paid back by Kenyatta Nyirenda, Maxon Mbendera and all DPP members.

  24. Olo says:

    Tonse tikudziwa kuti boma lilibe ndalama ndiye pena zinazi zikamachitika ofunisisa kukhonzekera. Zibambo wanzeru omukunda nkazi wake akayesesa kukhonzekera ma transport nthawi yochira isanakwane. Koma kudziwa kupeleka mimba ulibe even transport ya kuchipatala kumati boma lipeleka galimoto!? Boma lake lamalawi? Zautsiru basi

  25. Beatrice says:

    Nyamulani zovutazo tikatule pa khonde ku State House – Lilongwe.
    Ationjeza!!!

  26. Benford says:

    DPP, save the life of Malawians please

  27. Amfumu says:

    Sad news but please Mr Presedent take care for this issue.

  28. Roberto says:

    This is what happens when you have a minister who is a thief and a PS with fake academic qualifications and can’t make sound decisions.

  29. Namihavani says:

    The woman has already died and the DHO is happy with the funding mmxxxxiii ma dokotala apa Malawi penapake mukatere funding mugawane ma allowance muzinama kuti kuti fuel akuchepa. Kodi Magwira nd i Kumpalume akuziwa kuti ma DHO ambili ORT uyu amangogawanapo without prioritising crucial issues nkumatenga ma 10 nights yet they did not do the job kunamizira supervision yet ma report kukanika kuwatulutsa

  30. Amunakudambo says:

    Cry my beloved Malawi!

  31. Chitatata says:

    This is the Mutharika government which makes the buying of a motor home a priority instead of the people who he claims put him in office. There will be more deaths in the coming months. There will be even preventable deaths from hunger while he spends over a quarter of a billion kwacha on cleaning his dirty brothers thieving ways. How can a sensible government spend three hundred thousand pounds for non existent Times magazine articles while people are dying of preventable causes? Soon and very soon, the people shall say enough is enough and these fools shall be quick to point a finger at the opposition for fomenting civil disorder. What utter stupidity!

  32. Aningo says:

    Unless we seriously court the support of our benevolent international donors, this and worse things will be the order of the day in 2016 and beyond. Think of the food situation which will get much worse in 2016 and part of 2017. Our revenue base will continue to shrink due to obvious worsening economic indicators, unemployment will worsen as companies downsize (PTC, for instance), hospitals will be overwhelmed as the disease burden increases due to unfavourable weather, crime will rise as people try to cope with bad economic conditions, civil strife cannot be ruled out as we fight for a share of the shrinking national cake, mob justice and attacks on the establishment will increase due to perceptions of dwindling criminal justice and corruption among criminal justice officials. 2016 will be crazy!! I propose that we should quickly and sincerely work on all the conditions given by our donors, including granting “gay rights”, so that we win back aid and survive. Let’s not pretend to be holy when we are a rotting nation!!

  33. Hara-chilumba-karonga says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIP

  34. Magengena says:

    Ma 50,000 mukugawiza ku state house ko sakanagula fuel opulumutsila moyo wa mayiyu?

  35. Ambuye says:

    We are indeed in trouble. God help Malawi

  36. Oddala says:

    Malawi under DPP rule! And Peter has just bought a luxurious car at a whooping sum of Mk65 million and also paid a newspaper to publish false stories another whooping sum of Mk 295 million. Malawians should now learn a bitter lesson for not being serious enough to think of who to give power to rule the country.

  37. Sapitwa says:

    Fuel or raptured uterus is the immediate reason for her death? What caused the rapture and since when did this start? You say the operation was scheduled which means it could have been emergency. The problem was for known. Why then didn’t this woman go early to the hospital and stop blaming it on the fuel as was the case with another woman who gave birth in a tax minibus from the same Mponela?

  38. Thomas says:

    This is due to IMF policies which is forcing government not to spend so this is the result of following info policies please government this is shameful and not acceptable IMF please leave Malawi alone as you are responsible for these innocent deaths

  39. Njolinjo says:

    Very tragic! This is a wakeup call to Malawians to take action. Malawi has fallen apart.

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