Woman in unassisted child birth: Pangs of CHAM nurses strike

A strike by medical workers under the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) has started manifesting its nasty stint with a woman delivering without any medical help at Mlanda Health Centre in Ntcheu Friday.

Many expectant mothers are now forced to sleep on the floor in the ward

Many expectant mothers are now forced to sleep on the floor in the ward

Tiyamike Haswell, 21, ended her nine months of sweet pain without a midwife at her side.

“When we arrived they told us that they could not help me because they were on strike,” said Haswell.

She further confided in local press that “it was a horrendous experience.”

According to Haswell, her mother, Jennifer Wesile, 51, is the one who aided her delivery.

“But it was frustrating because we had walked with difficulties for over two hours thinking that we would get help,” she said.

Haswell, who delivered a baby boy, said she was happy that she and her child were in good health.

Ntcheu District Hospital spokesperson Stella Kawalala said she was not aware of the situation.

She pledged she would dig into the matter to establish what transpired.

The workers, who are also members of the National Organization for Nurses and Midwives (NONM), Thursday downed tools indefinitely over deplorable salaries and working conditions after government had failed to honour their seven-day ultimatum.

The nurses are demanding, apart from robust leave grant packages and allowances, for a 45 per cent pay rise.

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36 thoughts on “Woman in unassisted child birth: Pangs of CHAM nurses strike”

  1. A MPINGO says:

    LANDANI KATUNDU WA WANTHU A CASH GATE NDI KUWAMANGA NSANGA MSANGA NDALAMAZO LIPILANI WANTHU MOYENERA KUTI ASAMANYINYILIKE POGWIRA NTCHITOZO

    NANGA KUMANGOZIKUNDIKIRA INU NOKHA VINDALAMA ANZANU AYI ??,

    VIKUTSAMWANI KAYA

  2. edda mwalweni says:

    Where’s that chief from ntcheu who was too vocal with safe motherhood messages in the past year’s?
    Let him tell his fellow chiefs to inform all pregnant mothers not to deliver in a facility , akachira okhatu, komanso akafa boma ili ndi lakuphatu

  3. matako m'mwamba says:

    Getrudenso akatenga mimba, ma nurse nonse muzapange strike kuti azachire yekha kapena Pitala azamuchiritse yekha. A fuck, thieves government.

  4. BINDINGO says:

    boma likupitiliza pomwe linasiyila. linatha robert chasowa, anthu 20 pa 20 July demo, musanati amalawi. look at the way security is in malawi.

  5. APA PANALAKWIKA NDITHU, AKANATHANDIZIDWA MUNTHU UWU ZANU ZILI MUKATI, KENAKA KUMUSIYA PA BWINO, ALI NDI MWANA, IZI ZOCHTISA CHISONI NDITHU A MALAWI.

    PAJA WA MKULU WINA ANATI IZI SIZITHEKA, NANGA LERO ALI KUTI, GVT VERANI PEPHO LAO, KUTI ZITHU ZIYENDE BWINO, NGATI PALI VUTO KAMBILANI NDI A MISSION HOSPITALS.

  6. Mirrium says:

    Let this be known to all, NURSING profession as its name suggests, its a calling. who so ever would join this profession must know its a total calling from God, you are saving lives. Secondly, let me emphasise that no organisation or company will give you satisfactory cash. Its your duty to find other avenues of generating income while you are working. kungoti kumalawi kuno sitinaphunzitsidwe kuzipezera tokha ndalam. Find out your Talents, Gifts and your capabilities and use them to generate income. Small small businesses will do. Nurses you have off duties, utilise those chnces as other nurses do and are prospering. Every place one can be , there is something one can sell. Otherwise what is happening is not good. God will surely ask us on how we handled the responsibility given to us.

  7. Daud says:

    this is what we call cruelty or non-mercy. Do you know that there is no pain on the earth which is more painful than which is experienced when a woman is giving birth? Why can you let a woman who has been suffering for 9months respectively to deliver herself? What could happen if she and a baby dies? This means you had an intention to kill her because money? Avoid please!!

  8. Zanga Phee! says:

    Blame the Minister not nurses, warning were given with an ample time,but he took it personal why didn’t they call for emergency meeting when he got the notice? nurses are clean on this context of course i can have a feeling be it my Sister or anybody in relations but.Our government officials they must learn the meaning of strike,they always think of pizza and when are they going to represent the country abroad that is what it their mind signing allowances that is all.this is shameful See my name.

  9. gogoda says:

    Tangopelekani makobidiwo nfwe nfwe chaninso apa umangova kulamula dziko

  10. malawi wa peter nd ameneyo strik z not a game chlipo chnawapangxa

  11. Mr. D says:

    The way strikes are done in Malawi is very strange. In most countries, essential service sectors like healthcare are required to leave a skeleton staff during strikes in order to attend to emergency cases like childbirth. Non emergency cases can always wait. The State must put in place this requirement.

  12. chakwanuleka says:

    Kodi boma lilipobe pa Malawi pano kapena zinthu zikungoyenda zokha. Bvuto loyipa nkhalamba pa mipando ndilimeneli. Akungogona tulo Ku state house osadziwa kuti mdziko mukuchitika chiani.

  13. Emmatuwa says:

    boma lakupha ili zoona mungasiye munthu zanu akufa inu a pulezideti mukuona, ukholowu ulipati mutamva mwachitapo chiani AMALAWI INU ndiochititsa manyanzi zedi

  14. Comment
    Pay them please!!

  15. ayi abale says:

    some nasty comments about health workers here,some idiots are saying “some” professions nerd to be regulsted,no,not some,but all professions need to be regulated,whethdr accountants,lawyers,MPs,and above all,voters,voters must be heavily regulated,you vote bad politicians in power,they mess up with the health system and you heap all the blame on health workers? fuck you all who have this mentallity,health workers are humans just like you only that they went to medical or nursing schools,they deserve to be paid atleast equivalent to the gravity of their work,most health workers work 2 to 3 times the hours required for a normal employee in malawi,and you expect them to endure litle salaries,you must be complete idiots,you elect bad leaders,crooked politicians underfund the health system,there is nothing citizens do,,even when parliament reduces its funding to health,you are all silent,because you have you slaves,the health workers who will deal with the situation for you,this ignorance makes me sick,hiw many of you can wor for 80 hrs tough work per week and accept pay wor 42 hrs? this rotten way of reasoning is the reason malawi is this poor.

  16. mbotoma says:

    ndikumva chisoni kwambiri
    Anthu awa ndi akumudzi alibenso ndalama zoti angapite ku chipatala cha private
    mavote onse anatipatsa aja lero tikuwazunza chonchi

  17. totani says:

    Olakwa basi akakhale nurse?chosangalatsa ndichani kuti iye azilandila ndalama yochepa pamene nzake muboma wa grade yomweyo akulandila zambiri?zikanakhala bwino tsiku la strike akanafa ambiri kuti boma lizindikire kufunika kwa zipatala zomwe zimalithandizila

  18. Paul senzani says:

    who is to blame? CHAM Itati izilipira yokha ma Nurses, No malawian could pay for their services. Ngati sukudziwa kp quiet!

  19. tate says:

    Sizoona koma munthuyo ndi m’malawi nzanu,zoona mulole munthu azifa chifukwa cha ndarama?umunthu ndi ofunika.

  20. Angoni Kwayeneya says:

    Instead of sorting this mess our so called President has the audacity of doing graffiti and commemorating his arrest. A real headless chicken.

  21. Truth says:

    Dorothy Ngoma back at NAOMyou will see more of these strikes because she is an agent of JBwanting to shame government

  22. MABELU says:

    APATSENI WANTHU MALIPILO WOKWANA APA YAA !! MBAVA INU MUZINGOPONDEREZA ANZANU BASI ???

  23. Tengupenya says:

    Whoever refused to assist this patient deserve to lose their practice license for life! Some careers must be strictly regulated.

    1. bright sanudi says:

      Commentfor sure they should to be nurses coz ntchito zina zimafuna umunthu ukhalepo

    2. Vanesa Mlenga says:

      We are all aware of the strike by CHAM but ignoring to assist someone in child birth is inhumane, life is not sold…

  24. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Definitely, innocent people are the ones suffering now. Politicians go to South Africa or India for treatment. Of course using my own tax money,which is meant to finance local hospitals.

    They blame nurses for ill treating patients while nurses blame politicians for unfair reward.

    There’s no justice and fairness to us ordinary taxpayers. I can’t see any reason to pay taxes now. And no one can say we have no resources because I always hear that plundering is now the easiest thing to do these days.

  25. kanta says:

    Ndiye aPita Motalika akuona iz?

  26. GN Phiri says:

    SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! all in the name of money…….

  27. collins says:

    Comment;achotseni ntchito,ife tizalora ochepawo.

  28. kanyika dk says:

    paja mumati JB akulephera Kuyendesa dziko ,tiyeni nazoni DPP woyee

    1. zangazokha says:

      Kanyika Dk JB ndiye kuti Chani , ulibe manyazi koma? Ungampange compare cheap wakoyo ndi zabwini izi. kupanda kuti JB wakoyi anaba ndalama zathu bwezi tikumakummana ndi mavuto ngati amenewa?

  29. emwazi says:

    Heartless vultures blood sucking vampires! You are no better than albino hunters and you don’t deserve to be in such a profession thank Almighty God for showing His greatness to the affected family.

  30. one malawi one people says:

    may God punish the nurses at this hospital…..ana a satana.

  31. M malawi says:

    Where are they supposed to get their salaries from in the first place? Are these nurses employed by malawi gvt cham ? When we visit these facilities we pay for the services given.on top of that DHOs pays alot of millions of kwachas in the name of service level agreement (SLAs) where does this money go, what does money do or used for? Is this another form cashgate or something? If cham facilities is habouring gvt nurses and they want their salaries to be hiked let them go and work facilities. If you are in cham you should be paid by cham and not gvt. If you are working for tnm you can’t get your salary from airtel unless otherwise stated

  32. opportunist says:

    Tiyenazoni

  33. Thocco says:

    Thats very bad

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