Health workers in the country have been urged to adhere to the professional code of ethics to ensure inclusive and efficient service delivery.
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) research and training coordinator Michael Kaiyatsa gave the advice on Saturday in Mangochi when presenting findings of the survey on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) persons in Chikwawa, Dedza and Mangochi districts.
The findings were presented to health workers drawn from traditional authorities Mponda and Nankumbi in the district where CHRR is implementing Unite for Body Rights (UFBR), a youth reproductive health and rights programme.
Kaiyatsa said the survey revealed that unprofessional behaviour by some health workers deters patients, including LGBTIQ community from accessing services when they are ill.
“It is a known fact that some people refuse to go to the hospital when they are ill because they would not want to meet cruel health personnel,” explained Kaiyatsa.
He appealed for attitude change and exhibit high level of professionalism among health workers. n