About ten pregnant women in Chipata have died in the first quarter of 2016 due to various complications.
This came to light during the District Epidemic Preparedness meeting held in Chipata this morning.
Chipata District Senior Environmental Health Officer, Lameck Banda reported that Chipata General Hospital recorded the highest number of nine deaths in pregnant women.
Mr. Banda says one death was reported from Mwami Mission Hospital.
He reported that the highest cause of deaths in pregnant women is post operation sepsis.
Mr. Banda was making a presentation on behalf of Chipata district Medical Officer, Davie Simwaba.
And speaking at the same meeting, Chipata District Commissioner, Kalunga Zulu expressed disappointment that a skip truck for collecting garbage in markets has broken down.
Mr. Zulu says he is disappointing that a truck which was procured using CDF, Constituency Development Fund has already developed faults barely four months after it was commissioned.
Meanwhile, AVEMA, Association of Vendors and Marketeers Provincial Vice Chairperson, Maxwell Banda expressed worry with the delay by the local authority to collect garbage in most trading areas.