450 out of every 1000 women who deliver in Kiboga die to lack of midwives to attend to them. There are only 13 out of the 50 midwives required in Kiboga district.
Kiboga district has two privately owned health centers, I general hospital, one health center IV, Five health center IIIs and 14 health center IIs. Niyonzima Muluuta, Kiboga District Health Officer says that six out of these 21 health centers lack midwives.
He says that most of the expected women rushed to the six health centers with labor pains are always referred to Kiboga hospital. Muluuta however says that some of the mothers die before reaching the hospital because of the bad road.
He says explains that even where the few midwives are deployed they are overwhelmed by the large number of expectant mother. In addition to the shortage of midwives, Muluuta says that the district health department has a 60 percent staffing gap.
Roseline Adongo Ruhoni, Kiboga Chief Administrative Officer says that they are in the process or recruiting more midwives and increase the number of medical works in the district. Adongo says that the district service commission has already started advertising the available vacancies for the recruitment of additional staff.
Siraje Nkungwa, Kiboga District LC V chairperson says that his administration has prioritized the recruitment of health works to avert the worrying situation. He advices expectant mothers to rush to the nearest health facilities when they feel the labor pains.