Residents in the area told our reporter that many women have given birth at the bridge after failing to cross over Dopeth-Okok river to access Acowa HC III for delivery. Acinga Sub County doesn’t have a government health facility or school.
At Serere Health Center 1V, a proposed district hospital, only 965 mothers came for antenatal care in April compared to 1,267 in March when the lockdown was announced. Records at the facility also indicate that only 170 babies were delivered at the facility in April compared to the 203 in March.
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.
Elly Muhwezi, the programs coordinator Uganda Citizens Alliance, says the biggest challenge has been the failure by the expectant mothers to seek antenatal care services and opt for traditional birth attendants, which increases the risk of mother to child HIV transmission.
The acting Health Center in Charge, Sarah Kabaranzi, says they dont have drugs for common medical conditions like Sexually Transmitted Diseases - STDs, respiratory Tract Infections and supplies like cannulas.
The World Health Organisation recommends that pregnant women should have their first contact with skilled medical personnel in the first 12 weeks gestation, with subsequent contacts taking place at 20, 26, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks gestation.