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Tanzania: Men Not Allowed to Enter Labour Wards

By Issa Yussuf

Zanzibar — Some Members of the House of Representatives have expressed concern over men who allowed in maternity and labour wards, saying it is against religious principles.

Nadir Abdul-Latif Yussuf (Chaani) led some backbenchers to complain over men entering labour wards where expectant mothers wait for delivery. "Why allow men into labour wards; it is abusing women.

The government should look women doctors to serve their fellow women," Yussuf said.

In response, Health Minister Mahmoud Thabit Kombo and his deputy, Harusi Said Suleiman, said men are not allowed in labour wards except male doctors and nurses.