Feb 24, 2018 Last Updated 3:20 PM, Feb 22, 2018
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Child Safety Still A Problem In Malawi

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The just ending year, 2017 has seen Malawi registering an increase in fatal accidents.

A lot of people have died in road accidents, and some from electrocution, fire or drowning.

The spate of accidents seems to have spilled over into 2018, not sparing children in its wake.

Last week alone, at least 5 deaths of children were reported.

One of these is in Mangochi district, where a 14-year-old boy died after drowning in a river.

Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Rodrick Maida told Capital FM that the deceased boy’s mother had sent him to a maize mill on a bicycle when he met his fate.

On his way, he failed to negotiate a corner at Lilasi Village due to speeding, which caused the break to stop functioning, landing him in a nearby river.

The boy was pronounced dead upon arrival at Katuli Health Facility.

Post-mortem results indicated that the boy died due to suffocation.

In some cases, children go missing, only to later be found dead.

For instance, people in Mulanje recently conducted burial for a 6 year old girl who was found dead in a house belonging to one of the locals.

According to Mulanje police spokesperson, Gresham Ngwira the child went missing on December 24 before her body was found in the house on the 31st.

Another story involves a four year old albino boy who went missing in November, and has not been seen since.

The police are still searching for him, but hopes of finding the little boy alive are slowly fading.

Another case involves a nine year old girl who died on Wednesday last week after she was electrocuted by a live electric cable.

The National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera also notes that parents are negligent when it comes to ensuring that their children are safe.

Maxwell Matewere is the Executive Director for Eye of the Child he believes it is time to engage parents and guardians on the matter.

Analysis

It is also becoming apparent that the society sometimes turns a blind eye to other people’s children.

So perhaps it is now time Malawi put in place deliberate policies to ensure children are not exposed to such situations, or that they are taught the necessary precautions against such accidents.

If not adequately and promptly checked, the situation could lead to the loss of more children who are the future leaders.

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