Rural deliveries to avoid fees

Pregnant women from urban areas are travelling to rural locations to have their babies in order to avoid the high fees being charged in government clinics.

Blessing Chebundo
Blessing Chebundo

This came out at an all stakeholders workshop on health care equity in Harare where legislator Blessing Chebundo said there was a need for legislation to control user fees.

“The government has a policy, although it’s not law, that all health workers get paid, but these people have gone on to charge user fees to cover things such as electricity and water,” said Chebundo.

She added that women had resorted to travelling to rural areas for delivery under the care of old women and rural health workers who did not charge anything.

The Director for Policy in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Davis Dhlakama, said the development posed serious risks.

“In 2008 during the cholera outbreak in Kadoma there were very few women and children accessing healthcare because they were being asked to pay.But when a directive was given to waive user fees the numbers shot up and the disease was arrested very quickly, ” Dhlakama said.

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