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Contraceptives start trickling in

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By Yohane Symon:

The Ministry of Health and Population says it has started receiving some family planning commodities that were previously stuck at Beira Port in Mozambique due to the damaged road from Mozambique to Malawi.

The damage to the road was caused by Cyclone Idai which hit parts of southern Africa, mainly in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

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Some days ago, the ministry announced that Malawi was experiencing a short age of some contraceptives mainly injectables such as Depo_ IM, Implanon and a Jedelle.

Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, said Wednesday Malawi has now started receiving some family planning commodities from Mozambique.

Malango assured Malawians that by the end of next week, all the contraceptives which were stuck at Beira Port will be in the country.

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“We have, so far, received four trucks with contraceptives and we expect some more trucks next week as the transporter is now in the process of loading at Beira Port,” he said.

He, therefore, said Malawians should not panic because the situation has now returned to normal and that the ministry has already started distributing the contraceptives to areas which had run out of them.

The shortage of contraceptives had raised fears of unplanned pregnancies among teenage girls and women of reproductive age.

Apart from affecting transportation of medical materials, Cyclone Idai has also affected the education sector as some children are learning under trees after their classroom blocks were damaged by floods and heavy rains.

In Malawi, about 60 people have lost their lives while close to a million have been displaced by the natural disasters

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