Joseph Mazizi

Joseph Mazizi

There is a layer of hope that Malawi will soon add at least 60 megawatts of power to the national grid after the completion of the Solar power plant at Kanzimbe in Salima district in April.

A Non-governmental Organisation Multi Consult Africa says the country will continue losing its trees to charcoal unless the producing communities are economically empowered.

Some cotton farmers in the country say government must trade carefully on the market issues this year else production of the crop will continue to go down.

Member of Parliament for Salima North constituency has warned unless government improves on financial allocation towards the forestry department, the fight against illegal charcoal burning will be challenged.

Salima District Hospital has appealed for support from well-wishers to help with the maintenance of the district referral facility built in 1989 and now in a dilapidated state.

Under exploitation of mushroom farming is robbing of Malawi a lot of money as the country is only able to produce 10 percent of mushroom needed mushroom production expert has said.

School closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it negative side effects on communities in Malawi where increasing numbers of girls who should otherwise have been in class and now expectant.

A 27 year-old-man in Nkhota-Kota has been sentenced to six and seven years imprisonment with hard labour for defiling two sisters in a row.

The Integrated Pathways for Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child health-InPath-says in Malawi, unless stakeholders hold hands to support the health sector in maternal health issues through provision of equipment maternal and infant mortality rate will remain a serious challenge. InPath Clinical Training Coordinator, George Nkhoma, said this on Wednesday when the organization donated assorted medical equipment to Salima district worth K138 million. “We bought the equipment after conducting a needs assessment. We found that the hospital was in dire need of equipment such as theater beds, oxygen concentrators among other equipment,” Nkhoma said. InPath says effective service delivery can only be when hospital personnel has the necessary equipment to use hence the donation meant to help reduce maternal and newborn deaths. Receiving the equipment, District Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Salima, Gertrude Ngwala-Banda said until now, the hospital was using aged equipment hence not able to match demand. “We have been facing serious shortage of such equipment in the theater, labour ward and the nursery. We failed to help mothers and newborn babies leading to preventable deaths," said Ngwala-Banda confident that the state of affairs would now improve. At least thirty women give birth everyday at the Salima district hospital. Aside the donation of equipment, InPath is also expanding the maternity wing, upgrading of Khombedza Health centre and providing ambulances in some instances.

Ministry of Industry has tipped cooperatives and Saccos in the country to devise measures that would maintain and cushion their membership in the face of COVID 19 which they say will soon become an economic problem other than just a health issue.

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