Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is grappling with a shortage of
incubators for premature babies.
Currently, the health facility has only five incubators at the neonatal ward
with more than 10 premature babies under care.
Florence Oyella Otim, the in-charge of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Gulu
Regional Referral Hospital says that they currently have only five incubators
in place and yet they continue to receive overwhelming numbers of premature
babies. She adds that due to a shortage of equipment, babies are forced to
share the incubators.
Oyella says that between January and February this year, a total
of 46 premature babies were admitted at the neonatal ward and that by the end
of March, they had over 14 premature babies which include two sets of triplets.
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She says the babies were born weighing less than 1.5 kilograms and
the births normally occur 56 days before the anticipated date of delivery.
Oyella calls for immediate intervention of the hospital’s administrators.
According to reports obtained from the Neonatal Ward of Gulu Regional Referral
Hospital, a total of 191 premature babies were admitted for specialized care
between October and December last year and out of the 191, 15 died due to
The underlined conditions according to the Gulu District Health
report are teen pregnancies, malaria infections among other health
William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator has blamed the situation of
abuse or misuse of the insecticides mosquito nets distributed to the households
by the Ministry of Health.
Onyai explains that most of the pregnant mothers still do not
sleep under the net while others enter to sleep late when mosquitoes have
already fed on them.
has however urged the locals to equally embrace good sanitation practices and
destroy breeding places for mosquitoes that include stagnant water and clearing
of bushes around home.