Janet Museveni Blames Local Governments on Maternal Deaths


In short
While the national maternal mortality ratio is 438 per 100,000 live births, the ratios in Karamoja region and Acholi sub region stand at 750 and 561 respectively.

First lady and Minister for Karamoja Janet Kataha Museveni has pinned local government leaders in Karamoja and Acholi  for failure to reduce maternal mortality rates in their regions.

She said local government leaders have a very important role in sensitizing mothers about the need to go for antenatal checkups but those in Karamoja and Acholi have not lived to that expectation.

Mrs. Museveni explained that district leaders have continued to work in isolation from the health ministry; the reason why they have not reduced maternal deaths in their regions

While the national maternal mortality ratio is 438 per 100,000 live births, the ratios in Karamoja region and Acholi sub region stand at 750 and 561 per 100,000 live births  respectively.

She said in the case of Karamoja and Acholi , these numbers could have been lower if the local governments  worked closely with the line ministry.

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Janent Museveni   was receiving an over twenty five billion shillings grant aimed at strengthening health services in Karamoja and Acholi.
The grant is funded by Korea international Co-Operation Agency (KOICA) and  implanted by UN Children's Fund ( UNICEF ) Funding under the project will be directed to expectant mothers , children under five years of age and new-borns from  districts of Abim, Amudat Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Agago, Kitgum and Pader.

According to the UNICEF country representative, Aida Girma, the grant will be used to recruit skilled health workers; improve operational efficiency of health facilities; equip health facilities with appropriate medical equipment among others.

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Despite Uganda having a good health sector and sub sector policies and strategies for reducing maternal mortality-such as the Health Policy; Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan; road map for maternal and new-born morbidity and mortality reduction; and child survival strategy, development partners note that implementation, accountability and monitoring remains weak.

Korean Ambassador to Uganda , Park Jongdae  appealed to the implementing partners to sensitize people especially those in Karamoja region against the dangers of alcoholism as such habits have resulted into domestic violence.

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).