Minga Hospital in Petauke district accused of charging pregnant women penalty fee.

The Ministry of Health has refuted reports that nurses at Minga Hospital in Petauke district are charging penalty fee on pregnant women who delay to visit the clinic during delivery.
Provincial Medical Officer, Kennedy Malama told Breeze News that health workers have no authority to charge penalty fee to pregnant women in any situation.
Dr. Malama has warned that the Ministry of Health will discipline any nurse found to be charging pregnant women.
Last week, some pregnant women in Petauke district complained of being charged a penalty fee of 10,000 Kwacha by nurses at Minga Hospital for delaying to go to the hospital when about to deliver.
The women said that the nurses advise them to be waiting from the hospital two months before delivery to avoid complications.

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