Malawi: “Retire child bearing at 35”0 Comments

By MANA-Online
Posted on 15 Oct 2013 at 2:40am

safe motherhood, banja la musogoloNkhotakota, October 12: Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood officials have said both men and women must retire child bearing at the age of 35 years or stand a risk of having a child with motivation deficiency disorder.

The initiative’s Community Mobilization Coordinator, Timothy Bonyonga, said this during Nkhotakota consultative meeting emphasizing that there are many complications that develop on children when they are born to parents after their production age period.

“One of such issues is increase in maternal death. When a woman is old, her organs grow weaker such that the body does not manage to produce enough salts for the child, resulting in losing lives or delivering an ill or retarded child.

“These mentally retarded children are those that do not think properly even after growing old. Such children therefore are prone to turn violent or have no interest with developmental issues including education,” he said.

Bonyonga explained that there are some retarded people who get educated but do not practice the facts in their profession giving example of medical personnel who convince their clients that smoking is hazardous to one’s health and yet they are chain smokers.

He also highlighted that apart from motivation deficiency disorders, children are born with various facial skin complications due to lack of adequate salts in their parents’ reproductive organs.

While highlighting that the recommended child bearing age for both men and women is 21, Bonyonga encouraged people in child bearing age to access antenatal services if they are to bear health children.

“It is also dangerous to impregnate or get pregnant while you are still under 21 for the body is not yet accumulated enough salts for the growth of the new offspring,” he advised.

He said that through the presidential initiative, the country is encouraging a woman to have the maximum of four children in her life.

In his remarks, Senior Chief Malengachanzi of Nkhotakota said local leaders will deliver the message to communities in the district.

He, however, asked Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood staff, to assist them with books and some formal written back-up which depicted the complication situations on the ground.

“This presentation has enlightened us more such that we have to convince our subordinates that their children suffer complications because of lack of knowledge among parents,” he said.

The Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood focuses on three areas namely community mobilization, construction of maternity waiting homes and training of community midwives.

Anjoya Mwanza