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The Ordeal of a Pregnant Women: Nurse Extorting Money

Posted by Cyril France Dec 21, 2018

Secret filming by a journalist exposes daylight extorsion by a skilled birth attendant in a state hospital. Watch this JoyNews hotline documentary, showing a glimpse of the heartbreaking ordeal that some pregnant women in the rural part of Ghana have to endure at childbirth.

For instance, in 2016, a total number of 955 women died of pregnancy-related causes. Despite all efforts of the government, the number has increased since 2015 (Ghana Health Service, 2017). There is a nationwide decrease in antenatal care coverage between 2012 and 2016. This is from 92.1% to 84.1%. Furthermore, although deliveries with skilled health personnel are increasing in Ghana (UNDP, 2015), the percentage of skilled deliveries remains low and far below the national target of 80 % (Ghana Health Service, 2017). In 2016 only 56.2% of all deliveries were attended by skilled personnel (Ghana Health Service, 2017).

In rural regions, these numbers are even more alarming.

This post was edited on Jan 7, 2019 by Charles Clerck

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Comments (2)

Osu says... Dec 23, 2018
Not as a way of justifying the extortion, something must have driven her to that point. Desperate situations cause people to compromise on the needful. Everywhere there's corruption!!!
Cyril France says... Dec 23, 2018

Dear Osu, thanks for your interest in my blogpost. I agree with your point that "something must have driven her to that point". There are drivers to "right" or "wrong", in other words, there is (are) always a motivation for either doing the right thing or the wrong thing. I would rather put it this way, desperate situations CAN cause people to compromise on the needful. I'm trying to reconcile your former sentence (not as a way of justifying the extortion) with the latter "everywhere there's corruption". Although desperate situations can cause people to compromise on the needful, our ethos must be a commitment to zero tolerance for corruption in our operations. When corruption is symptomatic of the failing health service, it results in inequities, unequal access to quality health service. Thus, denies resources to the poor, undermines the delivery of services to the most vulnerable and weakens the social contract, leading to exclusion, instability and potential conflict. Perhaps, we need to discuss effective ways to make misconduct more difficult, put systems in place to punish wrongdoing, increase officials’ public accountability and change attitudes toward corrupt behaviour, especially among public servants and those who influence them. Hence, we ought to seize the opportunities that digital innovation present to facilitate good governance in the health sectors. "Good governance” combined with digital innovation can spur on transparency, accountability and public participation in the health sector. 

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