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Pregnant women lambast Chitungwiza local clinic nurses over charges

by Stephen Jakes
22 Sep 2016 at 07:18hrs | Views
Pregnant women from Unit L Chitungwiza have lambasted health personnel at their local clinic at Unit L where nurses in the maternity section charge $10-00 for every child born there.

This was revealed by the Harare Residents Trust which reported that the women said an expecting mother has to pay the official $30 maternity fees in order to register to give birth at the clinic.

"However, due to the cost involved by burdened mothers when they are referred to the Chitungwiza General Hospital, they are forced to pay the $10-00 as token of appreciation to the nurse helping with the receiving of the baby. In terms of Chitungwiza council regulations, a $10 is charged for ambulance hire to the Chitungwiza General Hospital, which has unfortunately been privatised," said the trust.

"At the Chitungwiza General Hospital, if one has been referred there to give birth, the expecting mothers are charged between $80- $100, which the majority cannot afford, hence they are forced to pay to the nurses at the clinic to avoid being referred to the hospital."

The trust said the mothers are referred to the hospital even for minor medical issues, just to punish them if they refuse to pay the required $10.

"Due to high poverty levels and increasing unemployment among the majority citizens, expecting mothers have to endure torrid times at the hands of uncaring nurses whose only excuse for doing that is reportedly the fact that they are not being paid by the Chitungwiza Municipality. That is wrong for them to do that. The poor have no money," said the trust.

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