These findings which come out after a recent incident where a newly operated mother committed suicide by jumping off a building at Kawempe National Referral Hospital, show that half of the women live in fear and are not confident that they would get appropriate treatment if they contracted COVID-19.
The findings of the survey released by the Twaweza in the presence of the Health Ministry officials indicate that eight out of ten citizens (79 per cent) say teen pregnancy has become a bigger problem during the Coronavirus pandemic and half say physical (51 per cent), emotional (51 per cent) and sexual (46 per cent) violence has got worse.
Imelda Musungu, the midwife at Osukuru Health Center III says that they are currently receiving over 50 teenage mothers who go at the health facility for antenatal care services per week. They are aged between 12-19 years and they are from Osukuru sub-county and neighboring sub-counties in Tororo district.
Within the last two weeks, the health workers say five patients have died from the treatment unit after they delayed seeking medical attention from the hospital while a significant number were involved in self-medication.