Malawi President, Peter Mutharika has said Malawi is making tremendous progress in achieving the UN sustainable development goals.
Professor Mutharika made the remarks during the official opening of the Maternal Child Health Board Conference at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
President Mutharika said the country has managed to improve some selected health indicators such as in the HIV and AIDS sector.
The Malawi leader also said the country has managed to reduce preventable deaths due to his government’s commitment in improving health sevirces.
“Malawi is making steady progress in a number of Sustainable Development Goals. We have proved our potential to accomplish some of the goals. One area of accomplishment is in providing our citizens with legal identification for the first time in the history of this country. As I speak, we are in the process of issuing national identity cards to our people. This is one of the sustainable development goals achieved.
“On another front, we are making illustrative progress in eradicating AIDS. Malawi is making notable progress towards our 90-90-90 targets. More than 70% (seventy per cent) of our people living with AIDS now know their status. Over 66% (sixty-six per cent) of people living with HIV are on treatment. And we have over 59% (fifty-nine per cent) people living with HIV with viral supressed. I am told we are a leading country in this cause.
“Today, I would like to reaffirm Malawi’s commitment to the cause of maternal and child health.
“We are committed to provide quality maternal, new-born and childhood services. Our goal is to reduce preventable deaths,” said Professor Mutharika.
On early marriages, Professor Mutharika said currently, marriage age has been raised to 18 years , a development which will assist in empowering young women to become a driving force in the country’s economy.
On the issue of the National Registration initiative, President Mutharika said for the first time in history, his government had managed to provide the needed identification cards to the citizens.NE