Presidential adviser on safe motherhood Dorothy Ngoma has urged religious leaders in Mzimba to promote safe motherhood to reduce maternal deaths.
She made the call on Tuesday during a meeting with the leaders in Mzuzu City.
Said Ngoma: “Safe motherhood issues cannot be tackled by health workers alone.
“We need other sections of society to take part to reduce mortality rate.”
She also urged the leaders to discourage early marriages among their followers.
On his part, Mzimba North District Interfaith Aids Committee chairperson Bishop Silent Mtambo said they will relay the message to their followers.
“We will engage our followers to attend antenatal services and always deliver in health facilities,” he said.
In his remarks, Sheikh Arab Kainga, who represented Muslim Association of Malawi, admitted that many people do not understand safe motherhood issues due to lack of sensitisation.
Mzimba North District Health Office safe motherhood coordinator Kumbukani Sakala asked the leaders to encourage pregnant women to visit antenatal clinics early.