MP asks Malawi govt not to only focus on maternal health, consider men too

Opposition Member of Parliament for Karonga South, Chembe Glad Munthali on Tuesday asked government to consider health of men rather than concentrating on maternal health only.

The MP said President  Joyce Banda has from the time she assumed the presidency emphasized on the need to care for pregnant mothers who she said should not die as they were giving another life.

She also launched the Presidential Initiative on Maternal health and Safe Motherhood with the goal of reducing deaths of pregnant mothers.

While contributing to the Mid Term Budget Review statement presented in parliament by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ken Lipenga on 15 February 2013, Chembe said much as the Government claimed to be caring, a lot of men were suffering in silence.

Gotani Hara: Government considers's men's health too
Gotani Hara: Government vaues both men and women

He said for the past nine months, much attention was seen to be given to mothers as if men were free from diseases.

Munthali said, “The current Government is not serious as it is putting much effort on maternal health leaving out men suffering. Much as we appreciate these efforts but we would like to ask government not to forget that even men are human beings and can fall sick.”

However, Minister of Health, Catherine Gotani Hara said what government was doing was to make sure that both men and women were given the health care required.

She said: “The government values both the poor men and women and the member is not aware of what he is saying.”

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