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TBA in Trouble Over Death of Expectant Mother, Child

As Sarah started working on Hafasimaana, she started bleeding profusely leading to her death. Her newly born baby also died minutes later. Some of the residents immediately informed Lillian Ruteraho, the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner-RDC about the incident prompting her to swing into action leading to Sarah’s arrest.

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A Traditional Birth Attendant-TBA in Kagadi district is in trouble over the death of an expectant mother and her child.  The suspect has only been identified as Sarah, a resident of Rugashari Sub County in Kagadi district.  

The deceased has been identified as Jacinta Hafasimana 28, the wife to Omuhereza Byaruhanga, the LC 1 chairperson of Rukiga village in Kagadi district. It is alleged that Hafasimana was rushed to Rugashari Health Center III on Wednesday with labour pains.

The health workers referred her to Kagadi General Hospital after the nurses at Rugashari Health Center III failed to manage her condition. Instead of rushing her to Kagadi General Hospital, Byaruhanga decided to take her to Sarah’s home. 

As Sarah started working on Hafasimaana, she started bleeding profusely leading to her death. Her newly born baby also died minutes later. Some of the residents immediately informed Lillian Ruteraho, the Kagadi Resident District Commissioner-RDC about the incident prompting her to swing into action leading to Sarah’s arrest.  

She was immediately whisked to Kagadi Central Police station where is currently in custody. According to Ruteraho, six expectant mothers have died in Sarah’s hands within the last 8 months, adding that she has been on the police’s wanted list for illegally delivering mothers.

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//cue in;”Mbwenu bantu mwe…  

Cue out:…tari gasira hansi,”// 

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Theodore Kajumba, the Assistant Kagadi District Health Officer explains that the government outlawed the services of TBAs.  

//cue in;”Baitu Kandi gavumenti…


 

Cue out:…koraki ku fa.”//  



However, some residents say TBAs play an important role in the district, arguing that most nurses in health facilities are harsh and rude to expectant mothers.

Ruth Mbabazi, a mother revealed that they are forced to resort to TBAs because they handle them with care unlike nurses who at times abuse them while seeking antenatal services. 


//Cue in;”Owa sarah tu…



Cue out:…mugende kimu babegese.”//      

The government banned TBAs close to ten years ago with the hope of reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.  However, they continue attracting expectant mothers owing to challenges of accessing maternal health services in some areas

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