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‘Cyclone Idai might lead to baby boom’

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By Yohane Symon:

Some women might get unplanned pregnancies following Ministry of Health and Population’s announcement that Malawi is experiencing low supply of some family planning commodities.

The ministry’s announcement comes a week after Department of Disaster Management Affairs and United Nations, in a joint report, said 12,000 babies are expected to be born from 230,000 mothers who are living in designated evacuation camps in some parts of Malawi, due to access to health services among other reasons.

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In a statement, the ministry’s Principal Secretary, Dan Namarika, says Cyclone Idai, which hit some parts of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, has caused the shortage of the commodities.

However, the ministry has assured Malawians that it is redistributing the locally available commodities to some areas.

“The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the general public that we are temporarily experiencing lower levels of some family planning commodities particularly injectable (Depo_IM), Implanon and Jadelle.

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“This has happened due to the devastating cyclone which hit parts of Southern Africa and thereby disrupting normal transport systems in Mozambique,” the statement reads in part.

Namarika said the ministry is unable to move the commodities from Beira Port in Mozambique to Malawi.

He has since appealed to the ministry’s partners who might have the said commodities to help provide them.

The floods have killed at least 60 people and displaced many others.

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