The mothers who spoke to Uganda Radio Network explained that after the closure of the only health center that was situated within their vicinity, they were left with no option but to seek services of the TBAs.
Luweero District Health Educator Henry Namakola explains that a study conducted in Kikyusa and Kamira sub counties found that some residents were complacent and found no need for sleeping under a mosquito net. Others, mainly farmers, were using the nets as scarecrows in their gardens, while a few others cited personal reasons for discarding the nets.
joyce Bukirwa the Vice Chairperson of Butuntumula sub county says that an expectant mother at Kakuuto village delivered on roadside after motorists declined to transport her to Health center over the Presidential ban.
Collins Mwaka cox, the in-charge of Loborom Health Center III told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Monday afternoon that the roof was blown to a distance of about 20 meters away from the maternity ward. Luckily, about 10 expectant mothers who were in the maternity ward at the time of the incident escaped unhurt.
The government banned Traditional Birth Attendants close to ten years ago, with the hope of reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in the country. But their services continue to be both widespread and popular, attracting a number of women who shun the services of trained and skilled medical personnel.
The health center which caters for more than 38,000 residents has only one ward and six beds which are used for admission of expectant mothers in delivery and other patients including males and children with various health conditions
Jenny Rose Okilangole, the in-charge of maternal and child health in Gulu district, explains that women who are above 35 years tend to over-bleed while children who are under 18 years have undeveloped pelvic joints, a condition that complicates delivery.
Many expectant mothers are now forced to sleep on the floor in the ward. When space on the floor in the ward runs out, their attendants sleep in corridors of the ward. Or outside on the hospital veranda and compound.
Nyakabande refugeesâ€™ reception Centre is home to thousands of Congolese refugees fleeing from the renewed clashes between government and rebels loyal to renegade army officers Bosco Ntaganda and Col. Machenga