Expectant mothers in Ntchisi have been advised to continue delivering with the assistance of skilled birth attendants other than traditional birth attendants (TBAs) to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths.
Community-based maternal and neonatal health coordinator, Chisomo Mgabadere, said last Friday reports indicate that some women are still delivering through TBAs despite government efforts for the women to deliver in hospitals.
She said this on the sidelines of a monitoring visit organised by Amref Health Africa in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Malenga in the district.
Amref Health Africa project officer for Ntchisi, Virginia Kayoyo said it is geared to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in the country.
“We are working with community health forum members and chiefs for the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths. We are implementing a project that enables women of reproductive age and health workers to take action to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths and unplanned pregnancies in the district,” she said.
The project is funded by Global Affairs Canada.