Woman dies while giving birth due to power blackout

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A Malawian woman in her late 20’s in Mangochi died on Sunday after giving birth as she was bleeding heavily and the district’s hospital failed to assist her due to power failure at the institution.

Reports reaching Malawi24 show that the deceased – whose name has not yet been established – gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday and she was later taken to Mangochi district hospital as she heavily bleeding.

At the hospital, the woman was told that there was a problem with her uterus and it had to be removed. She was later taken to the theatre for surgery.

Mangochi District Hospital

Woman died in this hospital after a lengthy blackout.

In the process of the operation, there was a black out at the whole institution and the standby generator which is manual was not functioning to rescue the lady. The woman died within 10 minutes of the power failure.

Reacting to this, Mangochi district health officer, Dr. William Mpeno, said investigations are still underway to establish what really happened. However, other reports from some sources shows that this is not the first time for this to happen at the hospital.

The sources says the standby generator has much faults and there is only one person who knows it better but the problem is that this person is not always available at the hospital.

They said this could be proven by this development where it took almost ten minutes for the generator to start functioning and the woman died in the process.

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  1. Despite the black out(Escom) but u mean in the 21st century, a District hospital z failing 2 have back-ups??? Really!!!!! Really!!!! Very pathetic, I’m crying my ccta has lost her life due to gloss negligence by responsible health personnel

  2. Kusowa gwirizano kwa anthu amawudido kukuzuzisa anthu osalakwa, every day black out frm morn up 2 th noon kukhal amatel??? Magesi kumagozimisl ngat candal.

  3. Why blaming the nurses and midwives let us blame ourselves malawian let us feel sorry for ourselves for the mistake we have done in malawi. ( Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others people see nothing).

  4. Akamati Ali Ndipakati Amatanthauza Pakatipamoyo Ndi Imfa Kwamuhtu Yemwe Anabelekapo Ululu Wamimba Sizibwana Nde Lets Not Blame The Nurses Maybe Due To Blakout Patients Analephera Kupanga Report Kwa Ma Nurse That She Was Bleeding Hevly Candle Angawale Labour Ward Yonse Lets Just Pray 4 Her Soul To Rest In Peace & That the baby akulebwinobwino kubereka ndi imfa kale omwe timabwerako ndimoyo tizingoyamika ambuye apa zagwa tisalozane zala ayi

  5. ndizomveka ngati a nurse kapena adokotala ankagwiritsa ntchito zipangizo zamagetsi kuti mzimayiyo achile. koma ngati magetsiwo amagwira ntchito yongounikila yokha, imfayi yachitika chifukwa othandiza kuti mzimayiyo asataye magazi ambili anatailira. zipatala zopanda magetsi ndizambili mmalawi muno koma azimayi amachila bwino lomwe. specify magetsiwo adafunikila panjira yanji???

  6. Apozonadi! Frequen Power black out is a big problem in Malawi! There is nothing to blame Escom on that matter since there was no operation taking place. That was her day of death. It happens also due to early Pregnancies and weakness of the body…

  7. MHSRP, dziko likugwa ili, ku Chileka Airport… When there is Blackout, Passenger Check-in Stops coz DCA says they have no fuel. That means Ndege singatere coz ku runway kulibe electricity … cry my beloved Malawi!!

  8. when u r ignorant u just comment anything that comes out of ur mind,not knowing whether u r doing the ryt thing or not.u need to use wisdom before u make a comment.dont blame health personels here blame ur govt for inadequate funding.

  9. iwonder it has been raining for more than three weeks now!should we say the water is still on transit?idon’t understand!or should isay the devil is visiting my country that he needs more electricity to warm himselves up?qualified bt incompetetent leaders!

  10. @Owen Matemba, I wish you were one of the midwives otherwise you can’t really understand what it means to bring a good outcome of both your wife and your newborn. Let me tell you one thing, if you are a midwife working in labour ward specifically, at times you need to be stiff to the laboring woman just for the sake of better outcome but this can’t be well understood by the woman who is in pain and let alone by you a husband or whoever guardian who maybe there. Yet all of you need the best outcome, more especially you husband/guardian.

    Sometimes I may be in labor ward where I have a number of clients laboring one of them being your wife. Normally when a woman enters the labor ward you do the initial assessment and by this you know what can be done and when to be done and you explain the mgt plan to the woman something that most women don’t take seriously even your wife whom is known of being obidient. Labor progress in phases you have to know that, now your wife and all other clients might be calling for my help at once, now the fact that I know my clients by the initial assessment I will know who to attend to first basing on their progress and other special needs that maybe there. Now that I have delayed to come to your wife to you mistakenly I suppose you view me as a bad-hearted and uncaring midwife something which makes me really feel sorry for myself. So look now, what if it was the other way, coming to you first not the other client who really was to be assisted first?

    Let me just rest by saying, to be honest enough all of you when you come to the Hosp. you want to be helped as soon as possible but as a health professional you always priotise basing on your assessment.

    You may not know this but our government knows that there are lots of challenges in terms of resources which compromises quality health care for our brothers and sisters.

    It pains when you realize that there is no A,B,C,D to save a life of someone and bcoz we are there watching someone dying then we carry the cross and all sorts of insults and names but God always sees the actuals of events.
    Yewo!

  11. It may be other reason/s that has led her to death not what the Malawi 24 has pointed out.I once ever been stayed at one of most poor health centre in Mangochi,where women derivers their babies.It has neither electricity nor generators but i have never heard that a woman has died for sach reason.May be we dont know is it electricity that prevent flooding of blood or it just brings enough light in the room? Let us know if it is like that.We are not kids that you can trick us or tell us lies.Its better to keep quite when there is nothing to post rather than to post sach unonsense things like this.SHAME ON YOU MALAWI 24

  12. Zonsez kale-kale kudalibe kmano adalakwitsa nd adam m’munda umene Mulungu adamupatsa zipatso kt ichi utha kudya ngkhalenso chinachi kma kupatulako chimodz kkkkkkkkkkk! Ndye mkaz atanamizidwa nd njoka kt ndchokoma tachirawe kunapezeka kt onse alimbulanda kikikikiki! Pompa chyambi chainfa moti kaya ufuna kaya sufuna kma udzafa basi palibenso kt magesi kapena wadwala kanthawi kochepa ayi poti tidatembereredwa kuchokela pamenepo! Mwachidule omayi tikaonana kumanda konko basi.

  13. Iwe nawe, Kofi mungobwebwetuka zilizonse apa eti? Kodi generator yimagwira ntchito popanda fuel? Kupusa kumeneko nkona mukumakakamira kumati zinthu zilibwino not knowing what problems are on the ground. How sure are you kuti mugenset munali fuel? Do you think pple can live a patient to die just like that? Tiyeni tizikhalako sensible at times

  14. Midwives ar to be blamed for this. They have an attitude of insulting,shouting or neglecting to the patients.They are not concerned that some one is underpanic to give birth, it’s when they go out to play with their skirtchasers,listening music etc. So sad indeed.

  15. shame on whoeva is propelin this to b hapenin only 4 hz or hr personal benefit…shame indeed…coz thez blackouts r al political…

  16. Where was the District Health Officer (DHO)or District Medical Officer (DMO) by that time to do the good job of saving life of this Malawian woman from dieing.

    Bvuto longotenga anthu opanda experience kuti ankhale ma DHO or DMO ndilimenerotu. Deaths after deaths basi. Madolo timakabwereka small generator enough for the theatre and labour ward. Mangochi yonseyo palibe ali ndi generator yaing`ono or wa bottle store. Wa Suncity a linayo wa 700 komanso wa tchalilichi plus wa Mzikiti alinayo. Bvuto ndi kuganiza mochepa, mochedwa ndimopanda Mzeru. Mangochi Woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  17. Zandikhuza! The Government is nt making sense at al. They knw vuto lamagesi yet they are nt providing enough fuel for mageneta muzipatalamu! Agalu awa akutipha tikuwona

  18. Kodi mesa mumalumbira inu kuti muzagwira ntchito imeneyi ndi mtima wanu onse inu ma nurse ndi ma doctor?…pliz tisamaleni ngati mungasamalire wachibale wanu atakhala kuti naye ali mu kanyengo ngati kameneko

  19. OOO! It’s too bad, azitsogoreri athu muyenera kusamala, chifukwa mudzakafunsidwa za utsogoreri wanu pamaso pa MULUNGU.

  20. Vuto lomangosakaniza zinthu:ndale,chipani,boma,chipongwe,ntchito,ulesi mwinanso kaufiti pompo thyaa as a result Malawi pwirikiti.Okavutika’munthu wamba, akati boma linamthandizapo ngati nzika nde kumpangila ID akavote FINISH.

  21. Iwe malawi 24 bwanji nthawi zambiri umatichititsa manyazi? Usamakhale ngati ukuuza mbuli wamva taona ndemanga zomwe akunena anthuzi, chonde tasintha machitidwe ako. Muma health centre ambiri mulibe magetsi koma azimayi amachila ndithu osafa watch your reporting.

  22. these foolish midwives and mid husbands ihate them so much they neither attend to patients but listening to thier radios and gossips even if you call 4help they order u 2b quiet or help ur self 1de iwl beat one of them

  23. these foolish midwives and mid husbands ihate them so much they neither attend to patients but listening to thier radios and gossips even if you call 4help they order u 2b quiet or help ur self 1de iwl beat one of them

  24. Mutakhala kuti ndi inuyo anurse (dockorter) winawake akupangeni zimenezo,simpakana mukagwila nyanga?kuti nayenso afe.don’t forget wakuba akabeledwa amalusa kwambili.

    • Still problem was she bleeded alot.solution was to control bleeding n give her replacement like normal saline or blood to avoid dehydration . Thats why when doing check up for pregnant women blood group is asked in case of emergency like this.and always emergency kit is supposed to be ready for case like this

  25. is not true, careless of administration, even big torch can supply sufficient light which may assist to any procedure during the black out, do you want to tell us that all africa has got enough electricity every where? no , people has to show their ability( competency) even with little thing to save the life of some one, I think the hospital administration has to be answerable for that issue.

  26. There might be a connection to the black out and her death. …breading due to ruptured uterus (if it was) z a serious condition. …so if she was in operating room en this happened then it was eminent the consequences wud be fatal if back up light to restore visual ability wasn’t available in time……Rip…..

  27. Sorry. Kma sikuti munthuyo wafa kamba koti magetsi anadzima. Chilipo chinavuta. Masiku ku chipatala ndi ma blackout awa amayetsetsa kukhala ndi altanative yoti kuwala kukhaliko makamaka ku labour.

  28. Malawi24 please try to validate your heading with the contents of your main body. You are saying 1. While goving birth but in the contents you wrote that she gave birth to a baby boy. 2. Due to power blackout but in the contents you are saying she was bleeding heavily. Please dont rush to write an article that may be confusing to the readers. You have to know that we have different types of individuals reading the article. The first may cite technical languages and analyze them while the second will read without completely following the contents and the last will read and misinterpret the contents in their confused state and confuse others.

  29. Nyasaland 24….what was the mode of delivery?……Caesarian Section, Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery or Induced Vaginal Delivery????……more questions to put here b4 I put the blame on somebody or institution….. Or is it my phone failling to glab something????????

  30. Government is not doing nothing..ciz they suppose to buy generator in District hospital ..instead giving more money to mp and minster and buy chakwera expensive car…

  31. INU A (UDF) SIMUKUZIONERA NOKHA APA. CHOOOOOOONDE MUKAZALOWA M’BOMA ZAYESETSENI KUCHEPESA VUTOLI, CHIFUKWA AWA ANABA BOMA ALIBE CHOLINGA.

  32. Tengani tembowo mukapatse a state pulzdnt,amphungu onse, a escom ndi aliyetse yemwe ali nd kuthekera kocnthisa znthu zkol adye atchuke.

  33. Ooh so sad, but power off and bleeding death? I wonder, something could have still been done to save her life even with no power. They could have accessed the veins still unless the problem needed a surgical intervention or otherwise

  34. Tandra Omar Kananji wawelenga Koma. She was in Theatre for hestelectomy. How is that the midwives fault? In Theatre amene amakhala responsible for transfusion is the anesthetist.

  35. And Mangochi ESCOM offices are so close (roughly not more than 2 kilometres) to the Mangochi District Hospital.
    They should sure know and notice electricity is virtual there.They
    (ESCOM) may say customers are misusing the electricity, this what, that which. It doesn’t make real sense. They (the customers) pay for the electricity.

    May the 20 year old soul rest in peace.

  36. May her soul rest in peace.but i don’t see any connection between power cut off n her death. She died because of mistakes of those midwives power supply has nothing to do with this.she had severe bleeding n they where suppose to replace her with normal saline drip or blood drip even using candles or touch from the phone.mistake here it’s from those who worked at that moment they were not serious or didn’t make emergency judgement on the case. Because wen woman is delivering they suppose to know her blood type and make any emergency equipment ready in case of situation like this

    • The hospital top guys have their excuse. And mind you, some Malawian hospitals, especially government hospitals, do not have all required equipment. The blame MAY BE shared, but not equally, to the ESCOM, the hospital, the deceased, ESCOM customers….

    • I really agree with you #Tandra. That death has come due to reckless, merciless evil midwives not Electr. I hate these kind of midwives

    • Jailos I’m also a nurse studied out side country but I cant back them if they make mistakes. A delivery room is supposed to have some equipment available always incase of Emergency n how did they do that without even having just normal saline drip that they could have used after realising she is loosing out! And in the first place there suppose to do final check up before deliver to ensure their is safety procedure n ready for anything that can come up as Emergency.I work in hospital n i know that it was their problem.may be they didn’t act quickly

    • Davie don’t say that. There gud nurse n bad nurse.u know nursing is career that need someone who love to do the work not someone who study it for sake of making money. Its like any other jobs u will always find gud people n bad people at each job. And nursing is a job that need lot of judgement when ot comes to cases so depends also on how the person responds to it

    • Zili ngati football,wowonerela amakamba zambili pa kamwa koma kuti akamenye mpira mkatimo mbola zokhazokha.we were not there so we do not what really happened.

    • Kungoti athu ambilife sitimaziwa mmene zithu zimayendela mzipatala zakuno kuno kwathu.for example timangowona mbale wathu amupasa magazi koma what happens 4 a nurse tu find apt of blood we do not not know the process(they pass thr offices)