The problem with the inordinate medical check up lies in the weak financial situation of the women
Total 94 women were questioned in Stip, Kumanovo and Kocani during May, within the project „Through increased voice to better health services – continuation”. The polling was conducted by the three local assistants that are responsible for maintaining regular communication with the socio – economic weak women that are pregnant and who have responsibility and necessity to have gynaecological checkups in these three cities in the country. They are responsible for the info – points as well, so that they can be closer to the target group of the project, to provide the women necessary information, to provide answers, whenever they can and to give them guidance in order to get proper information and answers to their questions and problems.
In Stip, for one month, total 30 women were questioned, 20 of them were Roma, 10 – non – Roma. Sabina Asanova that was responsible for the questioning in this city says that based on the conversations with the women, she found out that they paid different prices for the maternity card. Also, they pointed out that different gynaecologists charge different prices for medical checkups.
In Kumanovo, in May were questioned total 33 women. 22 of them were Roma and 11 non –Roma. Fatima Ramadanovska was conducting this process. The target group were Roma and non – Roma women that gave birth during 2014.
-I fulfilled the questionnaires in three Roma settlements Sredorek, Bavci and Barake as well as in the neighbouring settlements where non – Roma population live. I have included more different settlements in the city, so that I can get complete and clear picture while analyzing the questionnaires. I was surprised from the fact that the majority of the Roma women, unlike the non – Roma women haven’t made gynaecological swabs, even during their pregnancies. The main reason for that, as they pointed out is because they are ashamed from their gynaecologist. And the religion plays a good part of this situation. The Roma women need to go to a gynaecologist who is a woman in order to pass all the necessary exams, that will contribute good overall wellbeing of the women, concludes Ramadanovska.
In Kocani, at the same period, were questioned total 31 women. 20 of them were Roma, 10 – non – Roma and one Albanian. Serdzat Idikj who is involve in the project activities, from the conversations with the women concludes that the problem with the inordinate medical check up lies in the weak financial situation of the women.