Council clinics defy govt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 September 2012 18:19

mum and baby.jpgCouncil clinics are still charging expecting mothers $25 in defiance of a government directive that all hospitals and clinics should scrap maternity user-fees with effect from the 1st of July.

Some pregnant women who were waiting to be attended at one of the council clinics said the uncoordinated approach by officials from the health sector is causing confusion since they were expecting to get free treatment from 1 July.

Some mothers who had just delivered said it is unfortunate that efforts by government to improve maternal and child health care in the country are being defied by some clinics.

In response, Acting City Health Director Clemence Duri said council clinics are still charging maternity fees as consultations between council and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare have not yet been concluded.

The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has a budget of more than $430 million and to date $60 million have been collected through the Health Transition Fund.

Under the millennium development goals number 4 and 5, government has targeted to reduce maternal and child mortality by two thirds by 2015.

750 women in every 100 000 die while giving birth.

79 children die per every 1 000 live births.

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