Malawi expects 12000 childbirths in flood victim’s camps

Malawi expects 12000 childbirths in flood victim’s camps. Photo : The Maravi post

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – About 12 000 babies are expected to be born from 230 000 women in camps accommodating floods victims in Malawi, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) and the United Nations (UN) confirmed in a report.

The county’s 15 districts were affected by floods which left about 868 895 people homeless recently. A total number of 173 camps have been created to accommodate the victims.

According to the joint-report released recently, only one maternal death has been reported so far, but women are facing challenges when it comes to accessing district hospitals and health centres.

“Pregnant women are delivering in the camps with unskilled birth attendants,” read the report, adding that four complicated cases have been reported so far.

“Health facilities are far from each other and the flooded roads are impassable to access health care services, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working with district health offices to distribute condoms to the camps.”

The report further noted that UNFPA is working with the Ministry of Health and Population- Reproductive Health Directorate to facilitate a comprehensive assessment of the capacity of health facilities to provide safe deliveries. This assessment will start next week.

The report also revealed that health workers have been displaced which resulted to non-availability of staff to provide services. Disease surveillance was strengthened by training 300 health workers out of the targeted 600 deployed to Phalombe, Balaka, Blantyre, Machinga, Mangochi and Chikwawa districts.

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