1 April 2013

Tanzania: Sumbawanga Woman Delivers Prematurely After Eviction

Sumbawanga and Rose Athumani — A WOMAN, Maria Makoti, resident of Chemka of Chanji area in Sumbawanga municipality, prematurely delivered a baby boy in a toilet after she suddenly felt pangs of birth caused by shock following eviction from her house by a court broker.

The baby and his mother are reported to be doing fine. Ms Makoti said she suddenly began experiencing pangs of birth soon after the court broker arrived at the house and ordered them to get out, throwing out their possessions. She said that, after the eviction, the whole family spent the night outside the house in rain.

The next day the pangs of birth got severe, forcing her to run into the toilet because the house had been locked by the court broker. She delivered the baby at around 11:00 am.

Three hours later, she was rushed to Rukwa Regional Hospital in Sumbawanga for further medical attention. "I had expected to deliver the baby by the end of April this year," she explained. Maria's husband, Gibe Makoti blamed the broker, claiming his family had owned it legally for more than four years till then.

Meanwhile, a total of 120 children were born on the eve of Easter in two district hospitals - Temeke and Mwananyamala in Dar es Salaam. Out of the total, 63 were girls and 57 were boys.

Speaking to the 'Daily News', the Head Medical Officer In-Charge at Temeke District Hospital, Mr Amos Kaberege, said a total of 64 children were born at the hospital. "Out of the total, 31 were male and 33 female. There were no caesarean births and all the babies and their mothers are doing well," he explained.

At Mwananyamala Hospital, the Medical Officer In-charge, Ms Erika Masawe, said a total of 56 children were born on Easter eve out of whom 15 were through caesarean section. Of the 56 children, 26 were male and 30 were female, Ms Masawe explained, adding that both mothers and babies were doing well.

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