Question NW2892 to the Minister of Health

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15 December 2020 - NW2892

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Chirwa, Ms NN to ask the Minister of Health

With reference to his reply to question 1836 on 18 September 2020, (a) has the specified information been obtained to fulfill the recommendation of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) nine months after the release of the CGE report which gave his department four months to implement all the recommendations, including that it should meet with the victims it has tortured over the years and agree on compensation for the cruelty and abuse by the State who forcefully sterilised HIV positive black women and (b) by what date will his department meet the victims as this has not happened?

Reply:

On review of the report of the Commission, I sought to get more details of each complainant by appointing the independent Obstetrician to review and analyse all the case records of the complainants and get advice on each individual case so that by the time they are met, there is enough clinical information from the records.

I presented a report on this matter to the Joint meeting of the Portfolio Committees on Health and of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, on 25 November 2020.

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