8 October 2016 Last updated at: 8:42 AM

Malawi electricity blackouts underrate safe motherhood efforts

Despite efforts to end cases of women dying when giving birth, persistent blackouts in Malawi are reported to have underrated the efforts as a woman in Mzimba district has died due to lack of electricity.

Mzimba hospital spokesperson Ellings Nyirenda has since confirmed the death of the woman who died on Thursday this week as she was to undergo caesarean section due to her condition.

Malawi Hospitals

Blackouts hit hospitals. (Related image – Library. )

Nyirenda added that the woman died as the hospital had no fuel in its generator due to financial woes.

He further disclosed that the hospital is now spending K115,000 for 150 litres of fuel for its genset to supply power to crucial departments at the facility.

Trends on maternal deaths in Malawi indicate that between 2009 and 2012, 675 women died per 100,000 live births; between 2012 and mid-2014,425 women died per 100,000 live births; and that between mid-2014 and to-date the figures have swollen to 465 deaths per 100,000 live births.

The United Nations (UN) believes that 90% of maternal deaths are preventable and it has thus provided varied support to governments and organizations to ensure that mothers are saved.

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