Many Malawian women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds and the situation is dire at Chimoto Health Centre in Dedza, parliament has learnt.
The lives of mothers and babies are being put at risk as pregnant women are put through the trauma of having to give birth in such inappropriate places.
The MP for Dedza West, Phillipo Chinkhondo, asked Minister of Health Peter Kumpalume if he is aware that most of the health centres are operating without proper delivery beds in the maternity wards.
He cited Chimoto Health Centre which has no delivery beds but every day there are over four births at the health centre.
Chinkhondo of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) also said “several maternity wards are operating without the medicines to support women who have severe loss of blood, such as ferrous sulphate.”
Kumpalume said Ministry of Health will “investigate the matter”, saying if indeed Chimoto Health Centre does not have delivery beds, “we will rectify the situation.”
The Minister of Health said he was “actually surprised” that that Chimoto Health Centre does not have iron sulphate because normally the maternity wing does not stay without these two key medicines.
He said “normally, these are readily available medicines”.