gay sexLiILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow) – A research conducted by Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has revealed that the unprofessional behaviour by some health workers deters patients including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) persons accessing health services when they are sick.

CHRR research and training coordinator Mr Michael Kaiyatsa said Tuesday in the capital Lilongwe that the evidence from the research showed that people from the LGBTIQ community refused to go to hospital for fear of being discriminated by health workers.

“It is a known fact that some people refuse to go to the hospitals when they are sick because they would not want to face health workers who discriminate them for being a gay or lesbian,” he said after presenting the research findings to the health workers.

Health workers should adhere to the professional code of ethics to ensure inclusive and efficient service delivery, he said.

He therefore appealed for attitude change and show high level of professionalism among health workers.