Governmentâ€™s drive to reduce maternal mortality in the country might suffer a setback in Ruwa where two maternity clinics have been closed by the Health Professions Council due to alleged poor facilities.
The development has left pregnant women in the area at high risk of maternal mortality as they have to travel long distances to Chitungwiza or Marondera, while those who cannot afford to travel to medical facilities outside Ruwa are reportedly giving birth at their homes.
When ZBC News visited the clinics, the maternity wards were deserted.
Women in the area expressed concern at the present situation and urged responsible authorities to ensure the maternity clinics are opened.
â€œWe are appealing to the responsible authorities to come to our rescue as we have no money to travel to Chitungwiza or Marondera,â€ said one woman.
Ruwa Town Council Chairman, Mr. Pinias Mushayavanhu told ZBC News that the move to close the clinics by the Health Professional Council was ill-calculated as this has even resulted in some pregnant women delivering at their home or on their way to hospitals in other towns.
â€œThe situation is serious as we are forced to refer pregnant mothers, even those at a critical situation to Chitungwiza or Goromonzi.
Most of them end up delivering on the way,â€ said Mr. Mushayavanhu.
However, those who will be affected the most are Pregnant HIV women who are supposed to take the Neverapine drug at the onset of labour pains to reduce chances of transmitting the virus to their unborn child.
With no clinics offering maternity services in the district, HIV pregnant mothers risk passing on the virus to their unborn children if they deliver outside hospital.
Efforts to get a comment from the Health Professions Council were fruitless as calls to their Harare office were not answered.