Rev.Father Peter Wasswa, the Country Director of the polish Development Organization in Uganda told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that construction of the maternity ward by the polish embassy is in appreciation for the good reception the people of Nyabyeya and Masindi, in particular, offered to the polish refugees when they settled in the area.
Suzan Kanyemibwa, the BoU Secretary and Head of Corporate Affairs says they chose to Focus on the health sector in this particular drive in order to ensure a healthy population, which is the backbone of economic productivity.
The staffs are concerned that while the COVID-19 pandemic is claiming lives in different parts of the world, Soroti Hospital isn’t providing enough protection to health workers to enable them to execute their duties. URN has learnt that the facility has been receiving only 20 pieces of masks every week against the total number of 34 staff on duty each day.
Emmanuel Banya Natal, the Kitgum Municipal Council Town Clerk says that the construction works is set to resume soon. He says the Finance Ministry this week released the 380 million shillings to the council account.
The maternity ward has a cracked ceiling and does not have enough beds forcing mothers to sleep on the floor, sometimes with new born babies. The facility does not have running water; neither does it have a separate ward for male patients, who are now admitted in the injection room.
Millions of women in poor families in Uganda suffer from the nightmare known as obstetric fistula. After prolonged and unassisted labour, the baby dies and tissues of the mothers lower abdomen are torn. Mothers are normally is left facing a life of incontinence, social exclusion and depression.
Medics and mothers giving birth at Catholic St. Joseph's Hospital in Kitgum district have defended midwives and nurses for actions considered rude and cruel to expectant mothers during childbirth. They say the arrogance is only aimed at saving the unborn child during maternal labour and appealed to public to disregard claims of hostility to expectant mothers.
The supposed to be a 15-bed ward was constructed in 2003 by the Ministry of health at a cost of about 500 million shillings. However, since its construction the ward has been left to waste as it has been turned into a store to keep health facilities for the entire district as expectant mothers continue to suffer during delivery.
A total of 24 million dollars has been earmarked for the construction of a maternal and neonatal unit at Mulago Hospital this financial year. According to Rugunda, the money was secured from the Islamic Development Bank.