Baby dies on queue at the Clinic
A three month old baby has died while the mother was waiting to be attended to at Chipata Clinic.
According to witnesses, the child’s mother had been waiting in the queue for hours.
The witnesses many of them mothers, told a ZNBC news crew that the child’s mother had been in the line from morning until after lunch when the baby died.
Some mothers complained that there had been no doctor at the children’s clinic from morning.
By the time the news crew got to the clinic, the baby’s body had been taken to the University Teaching Hospital.-UTH-
Medical personnel at the facility refused to talk to the news crew and Ministry of Health Spokesperson Dr Kamoto Mbewe said he had not yet received the report.
Dr Mbewe says he could only comment after receiving a report from the health facility.
Long queues have characterised government clinics following the removal of user fees.
Dr Mbewe on Friday said that the Ministry of Health would recruit more health personnel to deal with the increase in demand for health services.