Harare Denies That Council-run Clinics Are Asking Patients To Bring Linen On Admission
Harare City Council (HCC) has denied reports circulating on social and traditional media which suggested that council-run clinics were asking patients to bring their own linen on admission.
Harare City Council spokesperson, Innocent Ruwende said all clinics have adequate linen. Said Ruwende:
1. It is false that council-run clinics are asking patients to bring linen on admission. All council clinics have adequate linen. Council recently commissioned state-of-the-art laundry machines at Beatrice Infectious disease Hospital at a cost of over US$200 000 and this has tremendously improved the processing of linen at all council clinics.Feedback
2 All council clinics are open Maternity fees is $26 or equivalent and payable in all currencies of the patient’s choice. This few covers booking including all the eight ante-natal care visits, delivery, post-natal care and child care up to five years.
3. The City is providing accessible and quality health services despite the prevailing economic challenges. We always invite residents and all stakeholders to work constructively with the City to continue improving the delivery of health services.
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Reports in the media suggested that health service delivery at council-run clinics was deteriorating as they were now forcing expecting mothers to bring their own linen and blankets on admission.
It was also being reported that expecting mothers were being forced to pay bribes to midwives on duty in exchange for safe delivery. While the official maternity booking fee is pegged at US$25 at the council-run clinics, pregnant women were allegedly being made to pay an additional US$20 as a bribe.
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