THE Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has appealed to the Minister of Health to take action against medical staff who are negligent in their duties following the story of a woman who was forced to deliver in the lobby of the highest health institution (UTH).
NGOCC chairperson Sarah Longwe said her organisation was deeply disappointed with the levels of inefficiency by some medical staff at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) maternity section which had resulted in a pregnant women giving birth in the lobby.
On Saturday, a woman was forced to give birth on the floor of the reception at UTH’s maternity wing due to negligence by the health personnel on duty.
“The incident where a woman was forced to deliver in the lobby of UTH on Saturday, November 13th 2016, is totally unacceptable and should be investigated by the Ministry of Health,” she said. Ms Longwe said it was dehumanising for medical staff to allow a woman to deliver in public.
“According to our survey, the Saturday event is not isolated and we are appealing to the Minister of Health to take action against medical staff who are negligent in their duties,” she said.
Ms Longwe said medical staff were trained to save lives and therefore should treat patients with the respect they deserved, saying what was happening at UTH was unacceptable.
She said pregnancy was a delicate condition which required constant and intense medical attention, and that it would be unfortunate that the inefficiency by medical staff should contribute to maternal and child mortality.
“We call upon the Government to take keen interest in the sad happenings at UTH and ensure that those found wanting are disciplined,” she said.