Officials at Lilongwe District Health Office say they are alarmed and overwhelmed with the number of sexually transmitted diseases which has hit 9000 in the last four months.
Richard Mvula, spokesperson for Lilongwe DHO said most of the people suffering from gonorhoea and syphilis are aged from 19 to 25 from Chinsapo, Areas 24 and 26, Msundwe, Chitedze and Kabudula, among others.
“This means more and more peope, especially the youths are engaged in unsafe sex. This is very bad because these diseases can lead to infertility, pregnant women risk their babies going blind and sometimes those involved can go mad,” he said.
He said worse still, the DHO, who run Bwaika Hospital have run out of critical drugs for the diseases.