A 24-year-old-woman, who had given premature birth to twins and was referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital, was on Friday found dead together with one of the twins at nearby Mzuzu University.
Confirming the incident, Mzuzu Police publicist Martin Bwanali said Fatima Marko was referred from Engucwini Health Centre on Wednesday soon after giving birth.
“Two days ago a certain lady gave a premature birth to twins and the babies, together with the mother, were referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital for further checkup and closer monitoring,” he said.
Bwanali explained that upon arrival at the central hospital, one baby was placed in the Kangaroo section and the other was somewhere there.
“On Thursday, the mother just disappeared with one kid. Unfortunately, Friday morning the kid was found dead outside the fence of Mzuzu University campus. Some hours later the mother was also found dead in a pond belonging to the Fisheries Department of the university within the campus,” he narrated.
He said so far the other kid is fine and still at the Mzuzu Central Hospital.
Meanwhile, he said no foul play has been suspected and postmortem results indicate that the death of the mother was due to drowning secondary to puerperal psychosis.
According to internet sources, puerperal or postpartum psychosis is a severe mental illness that can affect a woman after she has a baby. It causes her to have hallucinations and delusional thinking.
“Postpartum psychosis is thought to affect around one in every 1,000 women who give birth,” reads NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/postpartum-psychosis/
“It is a serious mental illness that should be treated as a medical emergency. If not treated immediately, the postpartum psychosis can get worse rapidly. The illness could cause her to neglect or harm her baby or harm herself.
“She may not realise she is ill, and it may be up to her partner, family or friends to spot the warning signs and take action,” the website says.
Marko hailed from Engucwini in the area of Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :