Expectant Mothers Tussle for Space at Kagadi Hospital

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Principal Senior Nursing Officer Specioza Nabukeera says that the available space and beds in the facility are not enough to cater for the needs of the expectant mothers, new born babies and patients with pregnancy related complications.

Expectant mothers at Kagadi General Hospital are struggling to share the limited space and beds at the facility.  The facility receives up to 20 expectant mothers every day, according to Principal Senior Nursing Officer Specioza Nabukeera.

She however says that the available space and beds in the facility are not enough to cater for the needs of the expectant mothers, new born babies and patients with pregnancy related complications.

Located along Kyenjojo - Kabwoya road in Kagadi town, the hospital receives more than 200 patients from Kagadi, Kibaale and Kakumiro districts.  It also receives patients from the nearby sub counties in Kyenjojo and Hoima districts and a few cases crossing from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our reporter visited the facility and found several women sleeping on mats and mattresses spread on the floor while waiting for midwives and nurses. Some shared the limited space with the new born babies.

Barbara Agaba, 25, one of the expectant mothers found at the facility says that the condition on the floor is uncomfortable and exposes both mothers and their new born babies to multiple infections.
 
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Principal Senior Nursing Officer Specioza Nabukeera told URN in an interview that it becomes increasingly difficult for the nurses to administer medication to mothers and their children from the ground especially if they need to be put on drip medication. Nabukeera is appealing to government to construct a bigger and well equipped maternity ward at the facility.
 
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Medical Superintendent Dr James Olowo says that Kagadi General Hospital was built to hold a capacity of 100 in-patients in 1968. But the number has since doubled, mainly as a result of population growth.  Dr Olowo appealed to the Ministry of Health to develop an immediate plan for the expansion of the hospital.

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.