Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the BEMBA people in Northern Province is worried that some expectant mothers in the villages are not delivering from health facilities.
The Chief says this is because most birth attendants are young.
The Chitimukulu says traditionally it is an abomination for a young person to attend to an elderly woman in labour.
He says most expectant mothers are shunning health facilities because of traditional beliefs.
The Mwine Lubemba has since called for deployment of elderly midwives in a bid to encourage mothers to deliver from health institutions and avoid maternal deaths.
The Paramount Chief said this when Health Professions Council of Zambia -HPCZ- Acting Chief Executive Officer and Registrar Boniface Bwalya paid a courtesy call on him in Kasama district.
The Mwine Lubemba also praised the HPCZ for regulating health workers in upholding professional ethics.
And Mr. Bwalya assured the Chitimukulu that he will engage his counterpart from the General Nursing Council to ensure interventions are put in place to have expectant mothers attended to at health facilities.