We heard of bill collectors calling people if they don't pay their hospital fees, but in Kenya, they do things a little differently… like imprison and beat mothers if they can't break bread for the services they received.
The director of the Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Lazarus Omondi expressed that confining the mothers is the only way he can keep his clinic running smoothly.
"We hold you and squeeze you until we get what we can get. We must be self-sufficient. The hospital must get money to pay electricity, to pay water. We must pay our doctors and our workers. They stay there until they pay. They must pay. If you don't pay the hospital will collapse."
Mother Maimouna Awuor (above) was one of the mom's who was held captive because she couldn't pay her $60 bill. She noted that women slept three or four to a bed and were abused and called names by the hospital staff.
With this horrible treatment very apparent, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a suit against the hospital in hopes to put an end to the way they do things.
Several mothers were named in the lawsuit, including Awuor and of course Omondi.
[Image via Sayyid Azim/AP Images.]
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