A woman on Wednesday morning delivered a baby in a drain after nurses chased her from labour ward at Phalombe District Health Centre.
According to information gathered by Malawi24, the woman was told to leave the maternity room and she later delivered in the drain with the help of some patients who were waiting to get medical help.
The mother of the victim Belita Monomalah Mulosowa said in an interview that when she approached one of the nurses that her daughter was having labour pains and she was in need of assistance the nurse insulted her and told her to help herself since she is an adult.
“When I told one of the nurses that my child was in great pain she told me that I am a mature person and I know what to do in such situations so she refused to help me,” said Mulosowa.
She added that when she wanted to go where her daughter was she found that the baby was already born.
Some elderly patients had helped the woman deliver the baby and they had also cleaned up the baby and the mother.
They then used a local method in cutting the umbilical cord.
Mulosowa further said the nurses then took the baby after the women threatened that they would report them to authorities for their negligence.
When asked to comment on the matter, Phalombe District Health Office spokesperson Daniel Chiromo admitted that indeed the incident happened but he was quick to say that it was because of lack of space in the labour ward.
“She was told to wait outside since she wasn’t showing signs and the labour ward was congested, but it is indeed true that she delivered in the drain,” said Chiromo.
Many women around the facility for a long time now have been complaining about maltreatment from the nurses in the labour room.
Some women complained that sometimes nurses put on headphones while on duty and insult patients when approached for help.