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1, 600 Babies Born on Christmas Day

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About 1,636 babies were born on Christmas Day this year in health facilities across the country.

Ministry of health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe told Zodiak Online that the number has increased by 236 babies, from 1,400 born on 25 December 2021.

According to Chikumbe, more babies were born in Lilongwe.

“We have been blessed with 1,636 babies in the country, 812 are males and 824 are females.

“222 babies were born in Lilongwe alone, seconded by Kasungu at 96 babies then Mangochi, 88,” said Chikumbe.

In the northern region at 159 babies were born on the day, 736 in the central region and 741 in the south.

A public health expert Maziko Matemba is worried with the rate at which the country’s population is growing. He has called for more sensitization to the masses to slow down population growth.

Said Matemba, “I know issues of child birth are in born but I think in terms of population growth at the rate we are going, the public investment in different sectors, you will find that government is struggling to finance projects because population is higher than the revenue we generate as a country.”

Malawi is ranked 61st in the world in terms of population and 18th in terms of population growth rate.

As of 2021, the population of Malawi was projected at 19.65 million, up by 2.71% compared with 19.13 million in 2020.

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