There is a shortage of midwives at Bwera General Hospital in Kasese district as the facility continues to receive overwhelming numbers of expectant mothers. The hospital delivers over 500 mothers every month, according to principal nursing officer Zebia Bakengana.
The hospital delivers over 500 mothers every month, according to principal nursing officer Zebia Bakengana. Bakengana says at least fifteen to twenty mothers are delivered every day at the hospital that has only four midwives spread over the day and night shifts.
These do not include those delivering in caesarian section that only needs the attention of a surgeon to operate on them. Bakengana reported a challenge of pregnant mothers making long queues in the ward waiting to be delivered. She appealed to the government to recruit more midwives since the hospital is a referral for most health centres in mountainous areas of Kitholhu, Ihandiro and Nyakiyumbu sub-counties.
The in-labour pregnant mothers do not only suffer long distances moving from their homes to the hospital but also a challenge of the bad roads that make it difficult to reach the facility on time.
Bwera hospital serves hundreds of clients from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to its strategic location at the border.
The chairperson of the social services and works committee in the Kasese district council, Richard Bomera, says the health department has been the most unfortunate after it was revealed that 70 percent of the workers recruited this year have absconded.
Kasese district local government recruited over four hundred health staff but most of those sent the health facilities in hard-to-reach areas never reported for duty.