The GOVERNMENT has said that the provision of health services to children under the age of five in the presence of vulnerable children at government and private centers with joint ventures with the government is free and is a requirement of the Health Policy.
This was said today, February 7, 2023 by the Deputy Minister of Health, Godwin Mollel, answering a question from the Member of Parliament for special seats, Agness Hokororo, who wanted to know if the government is ready to reimburse the expenses paid by women who gave birth to babies.
"Why are health services for newborn children being charged money while the health policy is free services for children under five years old....Is the government ready to refund money to pregnant women.
I have a claim from the person who is owed Shs 1.8 million in Muhimbili Hospital.”
In response, Mollel said that he will follow up without promising to return the money and that if the government will look at how they will do it and if they find out who did it then he will be given instructions.
Mollel has emphasized that the Health Insurance Bill for all will end the controversy for citizens who are treated in private health care centers.