Kamlepo bemoans ‘indignity’ of male and pregnant female patients in mixed hospital ward

Rumphi East Member of Parliament (MP) Kamlepo Kalua (People’s Party-PP) has expressed concern that hospital patients in Rumphi were forced to be in mixed sex wards.

Kamlepo Kalua: Provide same-sex wards
Kamlepo Kalua: Provide same-sex wards

Kalua said in Parliament that at Chitimba and Jalawe rural hospital, men and women share the same wing “which is contrary to the principles of natural justice.”

He said Chitimba has no maternity wing just like Jalawe Health Centre.

Kalua asked Ministry of Health to have a separate maternity room and ensure same-sex wards for patients.

The Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya allowed the legislature and the Minister of Health Dr Peter Kumpalume in question and answer on the matter in the House, saying the matter “very sensitive”.

Lillian Patel the United Democratic Front (UDF) lawmaker for Mangochi South added her voice of concern for the indignity of men and women sharing a maternity ward, saying it is “a serious issue.”

Patel said: “If it was a general ward, I would not have a problem but this is a maternity ward.  It needs to be attended to immediately because it is completely wrong to put men and women in the same ward. “

In his response, Minister of Health Kumpalume said: “I think the issue is that there is a room that is used as a general ward as well as a maternity ward.  I do not think that it is a labour ward. All the same, I will send the ministry staff to look at the issue at hand and will advise the Honourable Member accordingly.”

He said, ideally, if resources were permitting, the ministry of health would have “everything for everyone.  At the moment, we are not there yet. “

Kumpalume said Ministry of Health is aware that there are quite a number of facilities that do not have enough accessories including enough bed space  and let alone the separation of men and women in the wards.

“I think the biggest problem at the moment is the availability of resources for the construction of those wings. What we do in the ministry is to look at the need for the area and where people access maternal services and if the distance is far then that area deserves that facility,” said Kumpalume.

“The second aspect we look at is the population of the area.  Those are the policy guidelines.”

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, Kamlepo said patients should not suffer the indignity of being cared for in mixed sex wards.

He said government should put an end to this practice countrywide.

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6 years ago

It is not acceptable. It must be stopped as soon as possible. How can you budget for banquet halls for the state houses while basic structures like proper patient wards are not in place at many wealth centers or primary hospitals. Shame!!!!

Jelbin Makamo
Jelbin Makamo
6 years ago

When was hearing Kamulepo during one party system on channel Africa i thought he was a heartless person but now am realising the noise this guy was making was the result of his true patriotism. The man was and is patriotic than the muntharikas who extincted from our midst claiming they were exiled by Kamuzu’s rule and yet they were fortune seekers only to come bacj after the Kamulepos had fought the battle and them came to loot what others sweated for.

6 years ago

You are talking sense Kamlepo!!!!

6 years ago

these mixed wards were tried out in the UK and within 1 year were phased out again due to lack of privacy for both sexes during illness

Berekete Kudika
6 years ago

Kamlepo maso kufiira. Kodi mumasuta chamba kapena mumadya mandax.

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