Voucher system brings relief to pregnant women

The Chronicle

Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter
Whilst wellness experts suggest that expecting ladies must seek medical remedy inside of six months, Ms Juliet Rukuni stayed for approximately seven months before she could check out health facilities for a examine-up.

Ms Rukuni blamed absence of cash for her failure to sign-up her being pregnant at a overall health facility.

She mentioned she was last but not least capable to go to the clinic when a pal instructed her about the Cordaid administered voucher method that has found expecting women obtaining absolutely free wellbeing expert services.

Ms Ayanda Muzeza

Cordaid is an international organisation that implements a results-based funding (RBF) programme aimed at minimizing maternal, neonatal and youngster mortality.

The programme is remaining rolled out in Bulawayo and Harare pursuing a partnership among Govt and Entire world Lender.

Below the programme, expecting ladies buy a voucher at a value of ZW$20 which they use to access products and services.

Every single time they take a look at a council clinic underneath the programme, the Earth Bank’s applying husband or wife Cordaid pays the health establishment for products and services rendered in overseas currency.

The clinic retains the currency trading that is then used to strengthen its amenities and obtain medicines and some of the cash is paid out to wellbeing personnel and ambulance crews.

Expecting women of all ages under the programme also benefit from free of charge ambulance services.

Ms Rukuni reported irrespective of acquiring difficulties that expected her to be transferred from Nkulumane Clinic to Mpilo Central Hospital, she did not pay back any service fees as she and her baby were being addressed for free of charge.

“Upon studying about the voucher, I determined to come listed here to sign-up my pregnancy at Nkulumane Clinic whilst I reside in Pumula South.

I arrived to the clinic when I was virtually 7 months pregnant as I didn’t have the cash to ebook my pregnancy at Pumula South Clinic.

Soon after remaining assessed, I was granted the voucher which enabled me to acquire free of charge maternal wellness care. I was desperate, I didn’t have the revenue to go to a clinic for look at-up as my boyfriend ran absent,” claimed Ms Rukuni.

She stated she made complications and shipped as a result of a Caesarian segment.

“I was transferred from Nkulumane Clinic to Mpilo Central Hospital at no charge.

Mpilo Central Medical center

I also did not have sufficient blood and I experienced a blood fusion  all over again for free,” said Ms Rukuni.

Another beneficiary of the programme, a teenage mother Miss out on Pleasure Nkomo (19) from Nketa suburb explained she registered her being pregnant at Nketa Clinic where a council social worker assessed her scenario prior to referring her to buy a voucher.

“The voucher served me a ton thinking about that I did not have plenty of money to cater for planning as well as required healthcare facility charges.

I had just returned from South Africa and I didn’t have funds.

I was now getting to be a burden to my mom and dad as a large amount is essential when you are pregnant.

So, the voucher was a large relief for me,” claimed Miss Nkomo, who sent her infant at Nkulumane Clinic very last Friday.

She explained the programme is helping expecting females specially adolescents to seek wellness expert services early.

Ms Ayanda Muzeza reported the programme has enabled her to channel the minimal resources she has for other house demands.

She explained she was equipped to acquire preparing for her little one amongst other necessities.

By way of the programme, clinics are also ready to get medications for anticipating moms and newborn infants.

Bulawayo Overall health Companies Director Dr Edwin Sibanda mentioned council has been ready to improve its clinics as effectively as acquire most of the required products and consumables as a end result of the programme.

Bulawayo Town Council (BCC) corporate communications supervisor Mrs Nesisa Mpofu claimed the programme is not just aiding ladies but strengthening the city’s health and fitness services.

“It is lowering maternal and toddler mortality which was as a consequence of property deliveries as lots of pregnant ladies have been no lengthier affording maternity costs.

Enhancement of ambulance infrastructure and equipment will also help in guaranteeing a timeous response to emergencies,” mentioned Mrs Mpofu.

She explained clinics that are currently benefiting from the programme are Nkulumane, Maqhawe, Nketa, Tshabalala, Luveve, Cowdray Park, Emakhandeni and Magwegwe.

Mrs Mpofu stated referral hospitals were being also benefiting from the programme.

She mentioned 2 427 expecting ladies were referred to Mpilo Central Medical center and Lady Rodwell Maternity Hospital at United Bulawayo Hospitals.

Bulawayo Provincial Professional medical Director Dr Maphious Siamuchembu explained the programme is increasing entry to high-quality maternal well being care for the inadequate.


“We have to have girls to guide early and at the most recent inside of three months of their pregnancy.

This will enable appropriate checking of the being pregnant.

It will also empower us to test if the mother is HIV-positive or not,” he explained.

Dr Siamuchembu claimed by means of the programme, girls now have accessibility to overall health expert services for nearly no cost.

— @nqotshili