The women argue that whereas the government and development partners are advocating for the survival of premature babies, they have not given attention to mothers who have to stay at the health facilities until their babies are discharged.
championing the survival of prematurely born babies are asking the government to
establish halls in health facilities for mothers.
argue that whereas the government and development partners are advocating for
the survival of premature babies, they have not given attention to mothers who
have to stay at the health facilities until their babies are discharged.
want the government to establish Neonatal Intensive Care Units-NICU) at lower
local government health facilities to ease pressure on the existing few
facilities and save the mothers the risk of losing their babies due to the long
Nakakeeto Kijambu the Chairperson of the newborn steering committee under the
Ministry of Health says that once children are taken for neonatal care their
mothers are left without a designated place to accommodate them.
now wants the government that whenever they are going to establish neonatal
facilities they also create separate rooms for mothers.
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Nakakeeto also showed concern that the absence of neonatal facilities in most
health facilities is frustrating efforts to save the lives of babies born
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Nsebakye developed completions in her seventh month of pregnancy and went to
Mushenene HCIII in Nyakiyumbu Sub County but was referred to Bwera Hospital
when it was established that she needed to be operated on before her due date.
that it was a hard experience sleeping in corridors for a complete month
while attending to her premature child.
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a health and nutrition specialist at UNICEF at Mbarara Regional office says
neonatal services must be inclusive so that mothers can have peace of mind for
good milk production and being in touch with their families.
that while development partners are trying to fix some gaps in the health
sector, it should be in the interest of the government to ensure the system is
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.S. Alphonse the Medical Superintendent of Bwera General Hospital says that
both the maternity and postnatal ward are full calling for an expansion of the
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Mugahi, the Assistant Commissioner for Reproductive and Infant Health in the Ministry
of Health says that the ministry will liaise with district leaders to mobilize
for resources so that structures can be put up to accommodate the mothers.
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in Uganda, 14 babies in every 1,000 live births are prematurely born with the
leading causes being pre-eclampsia, uncontrolled pre-existing high blood
pressure among others.