Robert Okitoi, the Amuria District LC V Chairperson, says the hospital is understaffed with several gaps that need urgent attention. He observes that since the facility elevated to a General Hospital, nothing much has changed.
Hospital is on the spot over the death of an expectant mother and her baby on
May 15, 2020. The deceased’s husband, Simon Opus, accuses health
workers of abandoning his wife, Salume Alupo, while in labour.
that when his wife was due for delivery they decided to go for a checkup at
Amilimil Health Centre II where she was advised to go for a scan since she was
three days past the expected date of delivery.
He notes that
on arrival in Amuria town, his wife decided had an ultrasound scan at the
clinic as recommended by Amilimil Health Centre before entering Amuria General Hospital. The Hospital does not have an ultrasound scan and x-ray
According to Opus, the scan revealed that she had experienced an 'early fetal death' and needed an urgent operation to remove the fetus from the women. But Opus says that the woman was not attended to throughout the day.
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He says that it took two days for the doctor to see his wife
and another day for the nurse to administer a treatment that the doctor
prescribed to induce labour. Opus explains
that after his wife was administered with the injection to induce labour at
midday on Friday, she was left alone on the bed. "My wife started draining
water after the injection.
There was neither a nurse nor doctor to attend to
her up to 9:00 pm when the evening nurse took over duty. My wife was already weak
when the evening nurse administered another injection. At that point, she
started sweating and I saw her condition drastically change", he narrates.
Adding that "When the evening nurse started
resuscitating my wife, it was too late to save her. She breathed her last a few
minutes past midnight".
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Dr. Pantaleo Epachu, the Medical Superintendent Amuria
General Hospital declined to comment on the matter when approached by our reporter. The Amuria
Resident District Commissioner, Julian Iseet, says they investigated the matter
and found out that there was no negligence by medics in handling the mother.
She instead blames the mother for delaying her treatment when she refused to
believe that her baby was dead in the womb. Although Iseet claims the mother
doubted results from the scan, Opus argues that the second scan was only
conducted when the doctor doubted the first scan.
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the Amuria District LC V Chairperson, says the hospital is understaffed with
several gaps that need urgent attention. He observes that since the facility elevated
to a General Hospital, nothing much has changed.
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Our reporter visited
Amuria General Hospital and found the lifeless body of another mother lying at
the old theatre. Patients and their attendants around the theatre said the
mother had ectopic pregnancy but died on arrival to the hospital.
her from Asamuk on a boda-boda around 9:00 am but when nurses checked, she had
already died. Her relatives have since gone out to look for ways of
transporting the body back home”, one of the attendants said.
Another woman, who declined to reveal her identity, indicated
that one of the doctors from the hospital was called to help the mother on
Tuesday but nothing much was done, forcing the relatives to use a motorcycle to
transport her to the hospital on Wednesday morning.
Opolot, the Wila Sub County councillor says this isn’t the first time mothers are
dying at the hands of medics at Amuria Hospital out of alleged negligence.