Marie Stopes Nurses Arrested over Botched Abortion

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Masaka Police is holding three nurses attached to Marie Stopes Uganda for helping a 16-year-old girl to abort but she died two days later.

Masaka Police is holding three nurses attached to Marie Stopes Uganda for helping a 16-year-old girl to abort but she died two days later. The suspects are Angela Kobusingye, Kenneth Mwebaza and Geoffrey Ssentamu both working at Marie Stopes Masaka branch. The suspects were picked up last evening following the teenager. It is alleged that the trio carried out the abortion on Sunday, when the deceased whose names have been withheld because she was a minor went to their Clinic.


Agnes Tumwebaze, a sister to the deceased says that she took her sister to Marie Stopes for a medical examination after she complained of abdominal pain because she was 4 months pregnant. Tumwebaze says that the nurses advised them to settle for an abortion claiming the life of her sister was in danger since she attempted to carry out an abortion. She explains that when they started executing the abortion, Akankunda experienced excessive bleeding until she became unconscious.
 
She says that the life of her daughter deteriorated forcing the nurses to rush her to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for further medical attention. Tumwebaze however explains that doctors there pronounced her daughter dead on arrival. Noah Sserunjogi, Southern Region Police Spokesperson says Tumwebaze tipped off police leading to the arrest of the trio.


Sserunjogi says that they want the nurses to explain under was circumstances they carried out the abortion and who authorized them. He says that preliminary police investigations show that Marie Stopes neither signed a consent agreement with the deceased nor her parents before they embarked on the abortion.

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He says that the suspects will be charged with negligence and procuring an illegal abortion in breach of the penal code. But Edward Zzimbe, the Operations Director Marie Stopes Uganda has dimissed the charges against his staff saying that the deceased went to Marie stops when she had already tampered with her uterus.

He told URN on phone that the deceased was already bleeding excessively when she came to the clinic.
 
He says that they administered post abortion treatment but couldn’t stop the bleeding which forced them to rush her to Masaka regional referral hospital, she died on the way. Zimbe wants all the charges preferred against his workers revoked without condition.  Four cases of abortions have reported at Masaka regional hospital since the beginning of this year, despite the fact police believes many cases go unreported.



 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.