Ugandans march, sue, over deaths of pregnant women

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Posted: May 27, 2011 10:48 AM
Ugandans march, sue, over deaths of pregnant women

Ugandan activists are marching to the constitutional court to sue over the deaths of two pregnant women who they say died because they did not pay adequate bribes to government medical workers.

Lawyer Nuur Nakibuuka Musisi said Friday they are also demanding basic services for pregnant women. Government hospitals are supposed to provide free care.

Valente Inziku says nurses refused to treat his wife, who was in labor, even after he gave them the 10,000 shillings (about $4) they asked for. He says in an affidavit that nurses ignored her cries of pain for more than eight hours before she died, late last year. The baby also died.

Friday's protest follows several opposition-led marches _ some of which have turned violent _ over government corruption and rising food and fuel costs.