Masaka Hospital under Probe for Neglecting Expectant Mothers

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The latest incident involved two women, one of whom died during labour, after nurses at Maternity ward allegedly refused to attend to her. The deceased is identified as Faridah Nakirijja, a resident of Kimanya village in Masaka municipality.

Masaka Hospital is under probe for allegedly denying medical attention to expectant mothers who cannot raise money for maternity services upfront.

The latest incident involved two women, one of whom died during labour, after nurses at Maternity ward allegedly refused to attend to her. The deceased is identified as Faridah Nakirijja, a resident of Kimanya village in Masaka municipality.

Nakirijja died on February 9 at Masaka Hospital a day after she checked into the facility. Her relatives say that Nakirijja bled to death after failing to get medical attention during the time she spent at the hospital allegedly because she had not paid the required money.

Another woman Peace Atumanyi lost her baby after spending days in labour. She says she was ignored by medical personnel after failing to bribe a nurse for attention. Atumanyi says her pleas for attention fell on deaf ears as she was constantly ignored by medical personnel at the maternity ward and endured three days of unbearable labour pain.

Her husband Jimmy Maseruka says one of the nurses agreed to attend to her after she was given 40,000 Shillings. As the pain intensified, the same nurse asked for an additional 40,000 Shillings to help her deliver. It was however too late to save the baby.

According to Maseruka, the nurses still refused to remove the dead fetus from the womb leading to an increase in Bleeding. Atumanyi was saved by a relative Immaculate Nantabazi who helped her deliver the fetus three days later.

Immaculate Nantabazi says that by the time she went to Masaka Hospital, Peace Atumanyi at the verge of death.
 
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Swaibu Sulambaaya, a patient's right activist says Masaka Hospital has now become a death trap for expectant mothers.  He says that as a result, he notified State House Health Monitoring unit which has sent a team of special investigators to probe the allegations.
 
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The team from State House Health Monitoring Unit has now camped at Masaka Hospital for the task. They have so far recorded statements from Dr Florence Tugumisirize, the hospital director, Dr Gonzaga Ssenyondo, the gynecologist as well as nurses in the maternity.

Ereazer Mugisha, the Principal Masaka hospital administrator has confirmed the ongoing investigations but denied allegations on negligence at the hospital saying that the reported cases had reported to the facility at a late stage. He also blames the shortfalls on overwhelming numbers.

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.