Pregnant mothers delivering on floor
PREGNANT women in Lusaka’s Chawama Township are delivering on the floor due to inadequate beds in the maternity wing, a saddening development that has raised concern from area ward councillor Potipher Tembo.
Mr Tembo confirmed in an interview in Lusaka during the week that the situation at the clinic was despicable and that efforts were being made to construct a new maternity wing to provide a conducive environment for expectant mothers.
Mr Tembo said out of 40 pregnant women, only 12 delivered on the few beds that were available.
Mr Tembo expressed commitment to improving the situation at the clinic as funds were available to embark on the planned refurbishment.
“It has come as a great concern that our women deliver on the floor and that they only have one tap at the maternity ward. This is very dangerous for our mothers as they have to queue up and take turns to use the bathroom,” Mr Tembo said.
He said the lack of adequate cleaning facilities at the labour ward forced some women to clean up at their respective homes after delivery.
”It is very saddening that even the health workers themselves are at risk because they have to deliver someone, while on the floor, which is not conducive for them as they are not able to do their work professionally,” he added.
He said it was the mandate of the Government to see to it that health conditions at the clinic were improved.”These are the people that voted for us and as such, we have to provide for them. They have to see the value of their vote through such gestures of providing for their needs,” he said.
The project to construct the new maternity wing is expected to cost K760 million of which K350 million has been sourced from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and K410 million came from the Ministry of Health.The construction works, that have commenced, are expected to end this monthend.
[Times of Zambia]