By ANNIE ZULU
WOMEN in Kafue have called on Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya to investigate escalating cases of maternal deaths at Kafue General Hospital alleging that the Institution could be using Students instead of trained health personnel to attend to patients.
And the women have disclosed that they intend to carry out a peaceful protest on Women’s Day if nothing is done to address the situation.
Between Monday and Thursday this week, Kafue General Hospital recorded three maternal deaths, a number which the women said was too big.
Speaking in an interview during the Church Service for the late Mary Banda, one of the three women who died while giving birth, Former Kafue District Commissioner Grace Ngulube called for a probe in the death of the three women who died while giving birth at Kafue General Hospital accusing the Hospital Administration of negligence and using students on attachment to undertake critical medical operations.
Ms Ngulube who is first cousin to Mary Banda said Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has on several occasions made it clear that no Woman should die while giving birth.
She wondered why medical personnel who operated her relative went on to do a Cesarean operation if the deceased had severe Anaemia.
“Recording three maternal deaths at KGH in four days is so alarming, and calls for a very serious probe to ascertain the causes of these deaths. As women we believe something is wrong, we implore Dr Chilufya to take keen interest in this report so that collective measures could be put in place to curb loss of lives at Kafue General Hospital,” Ms Ngulube said
And Jane Bwalya who spoke on behalf of the other women said the womenfolk in Kafue have unanimously agreed to protest on 8th March 2019 as a way of registering the displeasure at the increasing cases of maternal deaths at KGH.
“As women we are going to march on Women’s Day protesting against the high death rate of mothers while giving birth at KGH. Women are now thinking that it is safer to give birth at home than at Health facilities because of such type of deaths.” Bwalya said
Meanwhile Kafue Member of Parliament Miriam Chonya bemoaned the death of the three women saying their deaths could have been avoided.
Ms Chonya who was among the mourners urged Government to improve its health care system in order to attain zero maternal deaths.