The Post newspaper has issued an appology over the pictures of the woman who gave birth outside UTH. Following the protest by NGOCC, Ms Chansa Kabwela who is the Post news editor and chairperson of the Press Freedom Committee of the Post,on June 15, 2009 wrote a response letter where she apologized for having offended the women’s movement by sending the pictures.
“Our action was not intended to offend you as an organisaton championing the cause of women. We sincerely apologize for offending you and the women you represent by sending you those pictures,” she said.
“And for that we are extremely sorry. We have learnt our lesson and we will know how to conduct ourselves in future over issues of this nature. Please excuse and forgive our ignorance, we are not polymath,” she said.
Ms Kabwela said the pictures were not taken by The Post but by the husband of the same woman who complained that it should not happen to another woman.
The letter was copied to Vice-President George Kunda, Secretary to the Cabinet Joshua Kanganja, Minister of Health Kapembwa Simbao, Women for Change (WfC) and the Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka.
In a letter dated June 10, 2009 to Mr Kunda and copied to Mr Kanganja, Mr Kapembwa, the NGOCC, WfC and the archbishop, Ms Kabwela enclosed the pictures urging the Government to take action on the strike by health workers.
“I write you to bring to your attention images that we have difficulty publishing in our newspaper of the very desperate situation at our hospitals arising from the on-going strike.
“Enclosed are the very disturbing pictures from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka that have been brought to our newsroom,” she said.
She said she had sent the pictures in the hope that they would move the Government to take quick action and end the strike by health workers.