Na Wa OOO!! Zimbabwe Hospital Caught Charging For Every Scream During Childbirth
With an average annual income of $150, Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s poorest countries, which makes it only that much more shocking that a local hospital would charge mothers-to-be $5 every time they screamed during childbirth.
According to a new report by Transparency International on corruption around the world, Zimbabwean hospitals also charge a $50 child delivery fee, and women who can’t afford it are detained with interest until their families pay up.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, eight women die every day giving birth at home because they can’t afford the hospital charges. Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister was contacted about the “screaming” fee and complaints about the charge reportedly stopped, but the $50 delivery fee remains.