By Sydney Gokomere
Gweru, August 14, 2016 – EXPECTANT mothers registered at Mtapa clinic in Gweru are reportedly delivering on their way to Mkoba Polyclinic, which is 10km away as the health centre has no maternity facilities.
The situation has forced a women rights group, Women Coalition to approach the Gweru City Council to have the issue addressed.
Women Coalition secretary for Midlands, Florence Guzha said her organisation was concerned that the right to health of pregnant women was being violated as they fail to access maternity facilities at most municipal clinics.
“It is quite unfortunate that there are some women who are registered at Mtapa yet have to walk to give birth at Mkoba Polyclinic, some 10km away,” Guzha said.
“We have since approached the city fathers and they have promised to look into the issue and how best they can improve facilities at council clinics.”
Gweru Commission chairman Tsunga Mhangami said funds permitting, council has plans to upgrade its clinics so that they can offer maternity services.
Mkoba Polyclinic is the only health centre run by the local authority that offers maternity services.
A majority of expectant women deliver their babies either at the polyclinic or at Gweru Provincial Hospital.