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Chitungwiza Municipality Nurses Demanding Cash From Patients

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By Zandile Tandi

The Chitungwiza Municipality has warned the public against nurses and health workers who solicit cash from patients seeking medical attention at its clinics.

This comes following reports there were people soliciting bribes from patients claiming to be connected to medical doctors and police officers on duty at the clinics.

“As Chitungwiza City Health Department, we are committed to doing our best to provide an excellent service to our community and part of that means we all need to work together as a team to stamp out and eliminate corruption,” Director of Health and Environmental Services for Chitungwiza Dr Tonderai Kasu said.

“We are a learning organisation and we conduct routine audits and spot checks as part of the loss control function.

“The issuing of a public notice encouraging our valued clients and patients to report corrupt and suspicious activity to us is simply the implementation of one of the recommendations that arose from one of our recently conducted audits.”

Dr Kasu said nurses were not allowed to sell medication to patients and costs for medicines and consultation fee should be paid at the clinic’s reception.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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