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Malawi Govt Worried With Increased Cases of Trauma, Injuries

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Malawi Government has expressed worry with high numbers of trauma and injury cases mainly due to road accidents.

Acting Deputy Director responsible for Emergency Response and Disaster Management in the Ministry of Health, Dr Yankho Luwe, said on Wednesday during the first-ever National Trauma Consultative Forum in Lilongwe that the injuries have a high mortality rate with 32 per cent than other diseases.

“in an effort to respond to this urgent need, the ministry instituted the Emergency Response and Disaster Management Division, under the Curative and Medical Rehabilitation Services Directorate, to develop Policies, Standards and Protocols for effective emergency response and critical care services,” she said.

In 2021, the Ministry launched the first ever Emergency and Critical Care Strategy which provides guidance to improve the emergency and critical care services in the country.

Of great importance, she said, is the setting up of prehospital emergency care where emergencies are responded to where they have taken place as well as taking care of those injured in health facilities.

Malawi Orthopaedics Association (MOA) President, Maureen Sabawo said deaths occurring due to injuries in the country are more than those of malaria, Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.

“We have a huge burden of trauma and injuries in the country from road traffic accidents specifically from Kabaza, the motorcycle,” she said.

According to her 60% road accidents happening in the roads of Malawi, 49 per cent are due to the motorcycles popularly known as Kabaza.