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Japan Rescues KK Pregnant Mothers

NKHOTAKOTA: The agony of traveling long distances for pregnant mothers to access safe delivery clinics in the area of Traditional Authority Malenga Chanzi in Nkhotakota district is now history.

This is because an international organization called Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO), with support from the Japanese Embassy, has constructed a maternity ward at Mpamantha Health Centre in the area.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister for Health, Mr. Raph Jooma commended the Japanese government for the gesture.

“This is a great relief to the people of Mpamantha and as government we will compliment the work by ensuring that houses for staff are completed,” said the deputy minister

Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Mr. Fujio Samukawa, who promised continued support to the Malawi Government, commended Malawi’s efforts in reducing infant mortality rate from 92 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 66 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010.

But despite such efforts Malawi remains one of the countries with high maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.—Zodiak Online

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