Luweero struggles to cope with safe births ahead of celebrations
As Luweero District authorities prepare to host the National Safe Motherhood Day on October 17, the health department in the area has been hampered by lack of facilities to handle complications during delivery.
The district deputy health officer and the in charge of Kasana Health Centre IV, Dr Agaba Byamukama, told Daily Monitor that while the national statistics on safe motherhood indicate 435 deaths out of 100,000 mothers in the country, Luweero has limited facilities which has encouraged more referral cases to distant health units.
“We refer about 30 cases with birth complications to other health centres due to limited facilities and inadequate supplies such as cotton wool and anaesthetic drugs for use in the theatre,” Dr Agaba said. The district in conjunction with the Ministry of Health is organising community outreaches to extend immunisation and health care services for both mothers and babies ahead of the celebrations.
According to Dr Agaba, a health fair and a convention on safe motherhood will be conducted to attract resource persons from health partners and international health bodies.
About 180 mothers deliver at Kasana Health Centre while a total of 350 mothers report for the Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV/Aids Transmissions services at the antenatal clinic every month but the centre has only 15 beds for mothers in the wards.
Source: Daily Monitor