In Charge of Maternity Ward on Spot Over Allegations of Extortion Top story

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Julius Barusya, the chairperson Kabale District Health committee says the complaints about Namukwaya have persisted since August 2013.

Sister Regina Eva Namukwaya alias "tinted", the in charge of the maternity ward at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital has been accused by expectant mothersof running an extortion ring. The expectant mothers and their attendants claim that they are charged between 30,000 and 50,000 shilling before they attended to.
 
In addition to extortion, the expectant mothers accuse Namukwaya of harassment. Several mothers including Kehoda Kyoreta, Beatrice Tukahirwa, Pamela Tumwekwase and Peace Kyomuhendo spoke about their bitter experience at the hospital.
 
Pamela Tumwekwase delivered at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in December last year. Tumwekwase claims that Namukwaya kicked her out of the ward forcing to spend an hour in the cold after she reportedly failed to pay 50,000 shilling for a bed.
 
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Julius Barusya, the chairperson Kabale District Health committee says the complaints about Namukwaya have persisted since August 2013.

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The death of two expectant mothers at the hospital on 20th of February 2014 is blamed on the negligence by the health workers in the maternity ward. Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale LC V chairperson, says the district leadership is tired of the mess at the facility. He says the maternity ward is no longer safe for the expectant mothers and that it is high time action is taken.

On Monday, Kabale district council passed a resolution demanding for a report of on all the mothers who have died in the hospital over the last year detailing the reasons for their death. Sr. Regina Namukwaya, the in charge of the maternity ward says the two mothers died when she was away.  She declined to comment on the allegations against her by the expectant mothers and instead referred URN to the hospital management.

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Dr Placid Mehayo, the director Kabale Regional referral Hospital Director said it was unfortunate that the victims do not report their complaints to his office. He however, promised to initiate investigations and take necessary action. Mehayo attributed the death of two expectant mothers at the hospital on February 20th on the failure by the medical workers to refer them to theater in time.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.