Hospital: $5 Charge Per Scream During Childbirth in Zimbabwe

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 03:00 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A hospital in Zimbabwe charges women $5 every time they scream during childbirth, according to a new report on corruption around the world.

The report, released this week by Transparency International, found that Zimbabwe's crooked health care system had nurses charge women a fine every time they screamed in pain during childbirth, reportedly in an effort to "curb false alarms."

Editor's Note: Don't Miss These Free Government Giveaways

Hospitals in the financially ravaged country in southern Africa also charge a $50 delivery fee — a staggering figure when a person's average annual income is a mere $150.

The Transparency International report also claims that women who can’t afford these payments are sometimes detained by the hospitals and charged interest until their families pay up, according to The Washington Post.

The maternity mortality rate in Zimbabwe is shocking. About 10 women die every day of pregnancy related complications — that's three times higher than the global average — according to the Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey. 

Though Zimbabwe's Deputy Prime Minister has called for an investigation into the report's allegations, news of the fines for screaming during childbirth still outraged users on Twitter.







Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Related stories:

US Birth Rate Falling in Uncertain Economic Recovery

Zimbabwe Has Just $217 Left, Finance Minister Admits

Activist Says Zimbabwe Prisoners Denied AIDS Drugs

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Phoenix Police Chief Fired for Defying Orders, Holding News Conference

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:47 PM

Phoenix police chief Daniel V. Garcia was fired this week after defying orders from city manager Ed Zuercher and holding . . .

'I Can't Breathe' Trademark: Eric Garner's Last Words to Go on Hoodies

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:10 PM

An "I can't breathe" trademark application was filed Saturday by an Illinois woman seeking to use the words uttered by a . . .

World's Deepest Fish: Snailfish Sets Record at 27K Feet Below the Pacific

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:09 PM

The record for the world's deepest fish now belongs to a snailfish-type animal found near the bottom of the Mariana Tren . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved