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Hospital fines women for screaming during child-birth
12/07/2013 00:00:00
by Agencies
 
 
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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.



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