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Midwives Arrested for Death of Expectant Mother at Kalisizo Hospital

The duo identified as Betty Namubiru and Faith Nakamatte allegedly declined to attend to an expectant mother who visited the facility on Tuesday night. The two had allegedly asked the mother identified as Gaudencia Namata to offer them a sum of 160,000 Shillings before aiding her to deliver the child.
Police are holding two midwives attached to Kalisizo General Hospital in Kyotera district for alleged negligence of duty which led to the death of an expectant mother.   

The duo identified as Betty Namubiru and Faith Nakamatte allegedly declined to attend to an expectant mother who visited the facility on Tuesday night. The two had allegedly asked the mother identified as Gaudencia Namata to offer them a sum of 160,000 Shillings before aiding her to deliver the child.  

But Namata, a resident of Buzilanduulu village in Kasasa sub-county, Kyotera district failed to raise the money and was abandoned in the facility despite the unbearable labour pain.  

According to eyewitnesses, the deceased alongside her attendant arrived at the hospital close to midnight, pleaded to be allowed to raise the money the following day, but her plea yielded no empathy until she breathed her last.  

Her death evoked anger from the patients and attendants at the hospital, who accordingly retaliated by beating up staffs, vandalizing window and door glasses, and destroying other hospital properties. They were allegedly protesting against the unbecoming conduct of the staff at the facility.  

At the height of the chaos, police were called in to restore order, an operation which led to the arrest of the two midwives who are currently detained at Kalisizo Police Station.  

Innocent Tumwine, the Officer in Charge the station explains that the search is on for Emmanuel Ssekyeru the Hospital Administrator who could have been an accomplice in the matter. “We are going for all duty bearers that failed to perform their responsibilities leading to loss of lives that would have been preserved,” he noted.  

Kyotera District Health Officer Doctor Edward Muwanga regretted the incident and said that besides the Police investigation, they were, as management going to carry out a general audit on the conduct of health workers at the hospital for purposes of preventing similar incidents.         

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