Mozambique: civil society groups decry maternal health negligence

Mozambique: civil society groups decry maternal health negligence

Some 40 civil society groups in Mozambique have written a letter in which they denounce the mistreatment of pregnant women in health facilities.

The groups rallied and demanded action against doctors whose work they say has resulted in maternal and child deaths.

In a letter to the health minister, the civil society groups have detailed individual cases of mothers who were neglected at various health facilities.

Some of the victims said when they did not pay bribes they were ignored by health workers. Some of these mothers ended up losing their babies and others had their uterus removed, BBC News reports.

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The civil society groups say the actions contravene human rights and those found guilty should be charged in a criminal court.

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