Infrastructure Investment ‘Vital’ to Combat Malawi’s Maternal Mortalities

Posted on June 27, 2013  |  Related Issues: Maternal Health

FIGO, June 24, 2013--President of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda has announced that infrastructure investment in the health sector will be vital to reduce the country's maternal mortality rate.

Speaking at the launch of a new outpatient department at St Gabriel's Hospital in Kalolo, Lilongwe, Dr Banda noted that the number of pregnant women going to hospital to deliver was rising - putting increased pressure on healthcare institutions to provide adequate treatments and referrals.

President of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda has announced that infrastructure investment in the health sector will be vital to reduce the country's maternal mortality rate.

Speaking at the launch of a new outpatient department at St Gabriel's Hospital in Kalolo, Lilongwe, Dr Banda noted that the number of pregnant women going to hospital to deliver was rising - putting increased pressure on healthcare institutions to provide adequate treatments and referrals.

"I want to see these unnecessary deaths ending. Everyone counts and one maternal death is one too many," she told the Malawi News Agency.

Dr Banda said the Malawian government advocated the establishment of new facilities, telling mothers that there was "no need" to deliver at home or with a traditional birth attendant where hospitals were accessible.

Other extensions to St Gabriel's Hospital include a solar energy system, ensuring that work is not interrupted by power cuts and cutting down on electricity bills.

Addressing the people of Lilongwe, Dr Banda said: "Please make sure you take care of these facilities and benefit from them by seeking care when sick."

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