Pregnant women charged 120,000 Kwacha for delivering at a government health post in Chipata.

Some health centers in senior Chief Nzamane’s area in Chipata have been accused of charging pregnant women when they go to deliver.
This is despite government banning the medical user fees at all health centres in the country.
This came to light when CSPR, the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction held a meeting with the community at Enock village on the findings of the budget tracking they did in various areas of the province.
The women complained that they are being asked to pay 120,000 Kwacha by the nurses.
They also complained of the bad language used by the medical staff and failure to provide them with mosquito nets when admitted.
And Chipata Mayor, Goodson Thole, who was present at the meeting, demanded that the ministry should discipline the medical staff.
And District Medical Officer, Dr. Davies Simwaba says that he has not received any complaint on the matter.
He however, said that all health services in Zambia are free of charge adding that he will follow up the issues raised by the women.

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