20 December 2014
   
New Zimbabwe Header
Harare to modernise noise bylaws
Row over wild animal exports hots up
Byo traffic cops assault magistrate
GMB offers workers maize as pay
Mujuru group reaches out to Dabengwa
Mnangagwa apologises to Dep Minister
Threat to kill man lands Chisora in court
News analysis: The VPs and Parliament
MORE NEWS
AfrAsia Zim seeks to raise $15 million
RBZ to keep amount of bond coins low
MORE BUSINESS
South Africa return for Formula One
Men take more 'idiotic risks’, study
MORE SHOWBIZ
Highlanders opt for local coach
Papers roundup: Liverpool eye Benzema
MORE SPORTS
President Mugabe’s balance sheet
Behind the chaos, a glimmer of hope?
MORE OPINION
 
Dr Chireka: Christmas and our health
Welshman Ncube: End of year message
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Hospital fines women for screaming during child-birth
12/07/2013 00:00:00
by Agencies
 
 
RELATED STORIES
Women most affected by corruption: lobby
Minister challenged to name bribers
Zim among world's most corrupt countries
Anti-corruption chief charged with fraud
Patients forced to bribe nurses for treatment
Anti-graft body targets ministers, MPs
Corruption: high return, low risk activity
Zim website invites bribe whistleblowers

A LOCAL hospital has been slapping women with fines every time they screamed during childbirth, according to a recent report on global corruption.

The report by Transparency International revealed woman were fined around $5 for every scream for "raising a false alarm" at the hospital which was however not named.

The report also said that, if the women were not able to pay the fine, they were detained at the hospital and charged interest until their family paid the amount.

Most mothers also struggle to pay the hospital delivery fee of around $50.

Transparency International said that following the discovery of the fines at the hospital, it contacted one of the country's two deputy prime ministers, who ordered an investigation into the claims.

Since then, the organisation says, there have been no further reports of fines, but the financially crippling £30 delivery charge remains.

Around 95% of the population of Zimbabwe are unemployed following years of economic turmoil. Many women cannot afford the hospital fees so are forced to give birth at home without professional help.

Eight mothers die every day during child-birth in Zimbabwe, according to UN figures.

The latest Zimbabwe Demographical Health Survey reveals that there are 960 deaths per 100,000 live births in the country, three times more than the global average.



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark
 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker