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BABY DIES IN KABALE AS MIDWIVES PLAYED CARDS

By Our Reporter

KABALE: Expectant Mothers at Maziba Health center IV in Ndorwa East constituency, Kabale District have decried the negligence and harassment by the Health workers at the facility.

This comes after a mother lost her newly borne baby at the facility out of what has been termed as negligence by the health workers.

Tibakyirana Syliver, a resident of Kagweru in Maziba Sub County accuses the health workers at the facility of neglecting his wife Peace Tibakyirana after developing labour pains on 24th July 2022   that saw her deliver from the maternity ward the following day with the help of fellow expectant mothers as the midwives played cards within the facility premises.

Tibakyirana explains that after being delivered the baby was weak and never cried even prompting the Medical interns to put it on oxygen.

He adds that evening the baby’s conditions deteriorated prompting the facility to refer them to Kabale regional referral hospital where the baby died shortly after arrival.

Tibakyirana attributes the death of their baby to the midwives at Maziba health center who had neglected his wife for the whole night while allegedly attending to those who had given them money.

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Peace Tibakyirana, the dead baby’s mother says   the midwives had abandoned the ward and left behind the interns who just kept on watching her when she was giving birth.

She adds that the midwives had told her that she would not get any service before talking to her husband yet she was already experiencing labour pains and the baby’s head was out.

Peace revealed that during the period she spent at the facility many pregnant mothers were delivering from the facility’s maternity ward without the help of the midwives.

The expectant mothers who preferred anonymity said the midwives at the facility don’t attend to the mother who do not have money no matter how one calls them.

They also accused two midwives they only identified as Phionah and Betty of continuously harassing them and playing cards most of the time instead of delivering the mothers and leave them with medical interns

They also accused   them of asking for bribes from the mothers before attending to them and telling those who do not have money that they are busy.

Kobusingye Patience and Dora Asiimwe from Maziba Sub County say they were discharged from the facility before their babies got polio vaccines.

She also accused a midwife of selling her a mama kit at shillings 15,000 last week.

The Maziba Health Center IV in charge Dr Ronald Tumwesigye admits that the health workers at the facility always play cards between 5-6PM after their duties.

However Ronald denies allegations of neglecting Peace saying she was attended to and when her baby’s condition worsened he referred it and even offered a vehicle to transport it with its parents.

However UG Reports has discovered that every after lunch, Health workers at the facility go to play cards and leave the facility in the hands of the interns who have nothing much to do to the expectant mothers.

UG Reports has also learnt that expectant mothers fear talking to the midwives due to their hostility forcing them to deliver with the help of fellow expectant mothers.

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