Kabale Hospital Under Fire Over Death of Baby

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The 27-year-old mother says that she demanded that a pediatric specialist sees her son and recommends an operation, but the in charge of the maternity ward Regina Namukwaya refused saying the swellings would heal.

A couple in Kabale municipality is blaming the death of their 2-months-old-son on alleged mismanagement by health workers at Kabale referral hospital. Enock Nyesiga and his wife Annet Ninsima, both residents of Bugongi ward in Kabale municipality lost their baby at Kabale referral hospital on February 27, 2013, where he was admitted for more than two weeks.
Ninsiima explains that her son was admitted at Kabale regional referral hospital on 19th January after he was diagnosed with meningitis. She claims that medical workers injected her son through the veins on the thighs. Ninsiima explains that thighs started swelling and eventually started rotting away, but her pleas to get attention from the medical worker for her son were ignored.
 The 27-year-old mother says that she demanded that a Pediatric specialist sees her son and recommends an operation, but the in charge of the maternity ward Regina Namukwaya refused saying the swellings would heal. Enock Nyesiga, the father to the deceased saysthat after realizing their child’s condition had deteriorated badly, they approached the hospital administration which recommended the amputation of the boy’s leg on January 22.
He says that second leg was also amputated on 29th January 2013. Nyesiga believes that their son died as a result of the various piercings on his thighs and the refusal by the health workers to have him operated upon in time.
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He says that several weeks after, the boy died as result of the wounds. Dr. Placid Mehayo, the Director Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says the death of the minor was unfortunate because the response was slow and late. Mihayo says that they were waiting for the child’s wounds to heal but he died before the surgeon could make a third operation. 

Mihayo says the baby was suffering from Meningitis and Gangrene, the localized death of living tissue resulting from an infection or interruption of blood supply. Mathew Moses Elayo, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner says the matter has already been brought to the attention of the district administration, adding that necessary steps are being taken to investigate circumstances leading to the boy’s death.


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