A man in Chitipa district was on Thursday forced to carry the dead body of his niece on his back, a situation a prominent religious leader says embodies the sad state of affairs in Malawi.
According to reports reaching Malawi24, the man who was together with his nephew (the deceased’s brother) was forced to carry the dead body due to unavailability of ambulance at Wenya Health Centre in the district.
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church who met the man and his nephew while travelling in Chitipa said the family saw no other way of taking the remains of the child to their home which is 25 kilometres away from the health facility.
According to Mtumbuka, the girl was taken to the health centre on Wednesday morning but health workers only attended to her in the evening of the same day.
She died hours later and the family said she had insufficient blood.
When Mtumbuka met the family, they told him the girl’s mother was coming behind them.
“The reason why only the boy and uncle are seen in these pictures is that I gave them a lift when they stopped me. They told me the mother was following far way behind them,” said the Bishop.
Meanwhile, Mtumbuka has lamented the horrible situations Malawians in rural areas are subjected to.
He suggested that Malawians are grappling with such challenges because authorities have failed.
Mtumbuka however said these horrible experiences are totally unacceptable in a functioning state.
Said Mtumbuka: “When we say we have failed some people in this country some people think we are only ungrateful people who have nothing to say.
“But what should these very poor and troubled souls thank the people of this country for? Is there anybody who really cares about them? I suppose they are important in so far as they can vote and clap hands.”