According to Katusiime, last year, the number of mothers they received went down slightly to 21,300 because the majority couldn’t access care due to COVID-19 restrictions. On average they had been receiving 24000 mothers annually.
Dr. Lawrence Kazibwe, who doubles as the Deputy Director of Kawempe hospital, says that investigations are still ongoing to rule out the possibility of the babies contracting COVID-19 infection at birth.
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.
Dr Charles Olaro, the Director of Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health told URN this morning that the new lot were picked from those that couldn’t take their internship immediately last year having applied late and others who got disruptions like pregnancy.
The New ward was only refurbished after stories were run in the media last year showing babies compacted on plastic chairs. It’s then that a group of corporate companies and donor agencies raised funds to restock equipment like ventilators, patient monitors, piped medical oxygen equipment and resuscitation equipment, in addition, widening the unit which now sits in two wards.
The disorder characterized by seizures and convulsions in a woman with high blood pressure in pregnancy is a potentially dangerous complication often results in serious or even fatal difficulties for both mother and baby.
Dr Elizabeth Byakwaga, the Chief Resident Obstetrics and Gynaecology told State Minister for Health Robinah Nabbanja, during a visit this afternoon that they don’t have masks and aprons and that even as they work in theatres, they lack basic disinfectants like alcohol.
The drug delivered intravenously is administered slowly, causing a lot of pain to the receiver. And because it requires a lot of attention to deliver, health workers, especially at the grass-root, tend to avoid the treatment and choose to refer patients who develop signs relating to the complication, to higher facilities.
At Rubaga hospital, Dr Ronald Kasyaba reported that Antenatal Care attendance has reduced to 34 per cent, deliveries have reduced to 26.4 per cent whereas those that come back for Postnatal Care attendance has followed completely to 11.4 per cent.
The winners were selected from a competitive pool of more than 400 applicants who were pitching to conduct research and come with innovations in areas ranging from new techniques for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, managing water shortages to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, improved methods to store cleaner energy and targeting health conditions that are most acute for people living in Africa.
Dr. Lawrence Kazibwe, the Acting Deputy Executive Director, said the vendors had become a nuisance but the hospital doesn’t have the mandate to keep them off even as they keep crowding the only entrance to the hospital.
Jane Kalanzi, a resident of Makindye Division told Uganda Radio Network that she had planned to visit a health facility since Sunday after developing flu-like symptoms, chills and high temperatures as they have been publicized as some of the symptoms of COVID-19.
Also known as molar pregnancy, the condition represents an abnormality of the placenta, caused by genetic errors in cell multiplication during the fertilization process. As a result, it leads to a growth of abnormal tissue within the uterus.
Charles Kiggundu a consultant gynaecologist at Kawempe National Referral hospital says that unlike before where women would use herbal concoctions and devices such as wires and sticks, to procure abortions, a number of women now report inserting drugs they got over the counter, often used in high doses.
Dr Nehemiah Katusiime, the Executive Director of Kawempe National Referral Hospital says that an internal investigation shows that they could not conduct the surgery in time due to the overwhelming number of emergencies that kept coming and were worse than the mother.
A fellow expert, a paediatrician Dr Richard Idro says many parents of babies with children who report with skin problems report having used unbranded mixed moisturizers which makes it hard for doctors to establish what exactly could have caused a particular reaction.
Agimo was rushed to Kawempe National Referral Hospital on November 29th while in labor after medics at Kitebi Health Center IV failed to handle her on grounds that her unborn baby seemed too weak to be delivered normally. The deceased’s friend, Angella Aigo, says when they arrived at Kawempe National Referral Hospital, doctors said that she was able to deliver normally and asked that they give it time for labor to progress.