Minister Muluzi touts birth control to combat Malawi high population
Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi on Thursday came to his knees pleading with Malawians to consider birth control measures to to bring population growth rate down, saying the high population which the country is having is bringing unnecessary pressure to the country economically and socially.
Speaking at Ntanja during this year’s commemoration of World Population Day, Muluzi pleaded with chiefs, religious bodies and other stakeholders to take part in the fight against effects of high population.
Health experts observed observed that low use of family planning methods results in high risk and unsafe pregnancies that is to say pregnancies that come early too frequent to many.
“Such pregnancies results in high levels maternal and neounatal mortality our country although martenal mortality has declined to 439 per 100,000 live births which is too high,” said Muluzi.
Muluzi said Malawi population is estimated at 17.2Million and is projected to increase further to 43.1 million by 2050.
He aid it is unfortunate that teenage pregnancy rate has increased from 26% in 2010 to 29% in 2015-16.
Officials from USAID, UNFPA also spoke stressing the need for Malawi to embrace family planning methods.
Member of Parliament for area Esther Jolobala said family planning is the only tool help in reducing pressure excerpted into the already meagre resources.
High birth rate is among the factors identified as slowing down Malawi’s economic take-off.
This year’s commemoration ceremony was done under the theme; “Family Planning : Empowering people ,Developing nations.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Mulungu atadalitsa Adam ndi Eva anati muchulukane ngati mchenga nde izi mulimbana ndi Namalenga samalani dziphudzitso izi za satana pezani njira zoti anthu akhale odziimilira paokha osati kudalira andale omwe kwao ndi kuba kupha ndikungawanitsa anthu cholinga adzikhala Patsogolo.
It is not about birth control, Atupele. It should be about empowering women to make choices. It should be about giving girls quality education and work/livelihood opportunities. The rest will follow, once we have women’s empowerment. ICPD (Cairo 1994) already changed this population control narrative.
It’s both – women empowerment and birth control. But to tackle this men are key since Malawi is culturally a patriarchal society. Poverty among these large in rural area is disheartening
one of the problems facing birth control rate in Malawi is that most of njira zakulera has brought in more healthy complication to most of our women, ena period its continous due to ma pills, ena has developed different problems, and i believe as a country we need more research on this issue. even medical personnel know about of this issue and if one had experienced such situations uthenga omwe amapereka kwa anzawo umapangitsanso some people to have reservations