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Midwives shun rural hospitals

By Problem Masau

An African proverb says that every woman who gives birth has one foot in the grave. This was somehow confirmed by former Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe recently when she said 15 women die daily while giving birth in Zimbabwe.

“When a woman is giving birth, she will be doing a national service. But our government is detaining those who are failing to pay for user fees. I wonder whether we are sensitive to their plight,” she said. The situation has been worsened by the shortage of midwives in rural areas amid reports of massive looting of the Health Transition Fund (HTF) by officials in the ministry of Health and Child Welfare.

According to the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina), 3 030 practising midwives and nurses working in maternity departments are earning $1,7 million, while only 389 directors from the head office, provincial and district offices are taking up more than $1,5 million. Zina president Regina Smith voiced the nurses concerns, saying there was no justification for directors in the ministry to continue getting hefty allowances while some midwives in provincial and district hospitals were getting almost nothing…read more// http://www.thezimmail.co.zw/2014/07/08/midwives-shun-rural-hospitals/

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