The Ministry of Health has said 1,442 babies were born in the country on Christmas day.
Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango said the babies were born within 24 hours.
“I can confirm that the data we have collected from health facilities show that a total of 1,442 babies were born in the country on Christmas alone, of which 751 were males and 691 were females,” Malango said
The babies were born in both government and Christian Association of Malawi (Cham) hospitals and were “born healthy while their mothers are in high spirits”.
Meanwhile, health rights activist Maziko Matemba has described the development as “alarming”, considering that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some families have been struggling economically.
“It is alarming for over 1,000 babies to be born on Christmas day considering that Malawi is one of the countries with a high growth rate,” he said.
A 2018 National Statistical Office report indicates that Malawi’s fertility rate went down from 6.0 percent in 2008 to 4.2 in 2018.
This means the average number of children a woman in Malawi is expected to have is four at the end of reproductive years, which the Reproductive Health Unit of the Ministry of Health indicates to be between 15 and 49 years.
The report projects a decrease of the fertility rate from 4.2 percent in 2018 to 2.8 percent in 2050