Hajarah Nambaziira a resident of Nambeere village says that when women visit the facility, they are asked money for gloves, mama kits on top of high transport to the facility among others which they can’t afford.
A large number of expectant mothers have shunned Kamira Health
Center III in Luweero district citing extortion and harsh treatment by health
According to office of Luweero District Health Officer, only 23 % expectant
mothers in Kamira Sub County deliver at the facility.
The office reports indicate that about 60 deliveries per month are expected to
be conducted at Kamira Health Center but only 14 mothers give birth at the
Kamira Health Center III and Mazzi Health Center II are only
public health facilities in the sub-county.
The mothers accuse the health workers at Kamira health centre for being harsh,
extortion, drug stock-outs and long distance to reach to the facility.
Hajarah Nambaziira a resident of Nambeere village says that when women visit
the facility, they are asked money for gloves, mama kits on top of high
transport to the facility which they can’t afford.
Nambaziira adds that as result many have resorted to traditional birth
attendants who charge only fees for delivery and others can be paid in kind.
Justine Nakakande a resident of Galikwoleka village says other mothers have
been harshly treated and these no longer feel comfortable to deliver from the
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Patrick Mwesigye the District Councillor for Kamira sub county says that some
of the midwives that were mistreating mothers were reported to District Health
Office and have since been replaced to restore faith in the mothers.
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None of health workers was willing to comment but Doctor Innocent Nkonwa the
Luweero District Health Officer says that they have since got donation of
tricycle ambulance to respond to mothers in need of transport in the sub county.
He added that they have also installed solar energy and
electricity at health centre to ensure there is light during deliveries. Nkonwa
warned women against delivering at TBAs saying they are at risk of deaths.
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The district health report further reveals that about 15 mothers died in
2017/18 financial. It reported the mothers died after reaching to health centres
late and other pregnancy-related complications.
Last year, Safinah Nagujja died before a traditional birth attendant at Nalongo
village in Butuntumula sub-county in Luweero where she had gone to give birth.
In 2017/18, about 60% women gave birth in health centres across the district.
About 40% mothers gave birth in traditional birth attendants and other
According to reports by Ministry of Health, an estimated 16 women die though
childbirth-related complications every day in Uganda.
Uganda banned Traditional Birth attendants in 2010 but they are still practising
in rural areas where the women prefer them than skilled health workers.