Teenage pregnancies now a great concern in Malawi

Health officials have expressed concern over a notable rise in teenage pregnancies which have now led to cases of teenage pregnancies worrying levels of maternal deaths.

This follows statistics which are indicating that in the first quarter of last year the Blantyre office registered over a thousand teenage pregnancies.

Speaking to MIJ Online, Elida Bvutula safe motherhood coordinator for the Blantyre district health office said the number of girls and women being affected by teenage pregnancies remains alarming.

She said authorities must act as the situation is going out of hand.

Commenting on the matter, Denis Mwafulirwa, project officer for center for human rights and rehabilitation, called on government to consider reviewing the sexual reproductive health policy which should allow safe abortion in the country.

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