Expectant mothers in labour at Kalwa health centre in Mkushi are refusing to be attended to by a male nurse during delivery.
According to the random interviews conducted by the Daily Nation in the area, expectant mothers are not willing to have a male midwifery.
Mothers talked to said,they felt uncomfortable to be helped to deliver by a male nurse who was not the husband.
Others said it was a taboo and against traditional practice to be attended to by a male nurse in delivery as opposed to the female counterpart.
Speaking on the same matter, Kalwa health centre neighbourhood health committee chairman Happison Kapengwe confirmed the development and said the matter should be looked into urgently.
He said government should consider deploying a female nurse to the health facility before expectant mothers reverted to old habit of delivering from homes.
“Government should act as soon as possible by sending a female nurse to the centre to arrest the situation. The situation is not good,” Mr. Kapengwe said.
And Chief Mulungwe’s woman advisor Doreen Kalunga said mothers in the area were were not happy about the development which they described as embarrassing. Ms. Kalunga explained that due to the prevailing situation, some pregnant women preferred to deliver at Fiwila Mission health centre where they would cover about 30km to reach the health facility to avert the embarrassment at Kalwa health post.
Efforts to get a comment from acting Mkushi District Health Director Doctor Chisali Lusale proved futile by press time.
Meanwhile Women in Mulungwe in Mkushi have been urged to form authentic groups to benefit from government programmes.
Mkushi north Member of Parliament (MP) Doreen Mwape implored women during commissioning of solar hammer milling plants in the area
Ms. Mwape told women to stand up and be counted by organising themselves in authentic registered clubs for development.
Source – Lusaka Times