An average of 20 premature babies and children with jaundice, a condition that causes yellowing of the skin and eyes is born every month compared to the previous years when the number was less than than 15 cases.
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Health Centre IV is overwhelmed with an increase in the number of premature babies born at the facility. Most of the babies are born by underage mothers, between 13 and 17 years.
An average of 20
premature babies and children
with jaundice, a condition that causes
yellowing of the skin and eyes is born every month compared to the
previous years when the number was less than than 15 cases. This
according to Christine Barbara Nalule, the In-charge of the Maternity
Ward and the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
However, 17 of the babies born last month were treated and discharged in good health condition, while three
In; ‘Obwana bwaffe…
Nalule adds that lately, the
facility records an average of 30 pregnant women every
month, majority of them teens, who are given separate counselling and
followed for more than a month to the Expected Date of Delivery.
in; ‘Abaana abato…
noted that teen pregnancies have increased more during the COVID-19
lockdown a time when schools were closed and advised the teen mothers to
seek early and regular antenatal care so that risks and other
complications are identified in time.
in; ‘Obwana bwaffe...
Denis Erima, the In-charge Kakuuto HCIV, says that the facility has also received a donation of essential equipment including an incubator,
phototherapy lights-used to treat jaundice,
a resuscitator, oxygen concentrators and a warmer among others, to
improve care for premature babies. Erima says they have also trained
health workers to use the equipment.
in; ‘Neonatal care…
to Erimu, the number of mothers who need operations has equally
increased from between 12 and 15, two years ago to 30 mothers every
in; ‘The general trend…
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neonatal ICU equipment and theatre renovation was donated as part of the
Mothers Alive (BAMA) project managed by Brick-by-Brick Uganda. Vincent
Mayiga, the Board Chairman -Brick-by-Brick Uganda says that they are
committed to supporting health centres and hospitals to offer effective
services to the people.
explains that they opened up neonatal units in Kyotera and Rakai
hospitals to save premature babies. Given
the rising number of adolescents who get pregnant, Mayiga adds, they
will continue counselling the pregnant teens and help them to deliver