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Construction Of Kangaroo Mother Care Unit Starts in Masaka

Masaka regional referral Hospital Director Dr Nathan Onyachi also says that the facility will be used as a model unit in Masaka region so that other lower units can take up the practice of keeping preterm babies warm since health units in rural areas don’t have electricity to run incubators.
17 Sep 2019 10:54

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The construction of a Kangaroo Care Unit at Masaka Hospital has started.

Kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin care, is a technique practised on newborn, usually preterm, infants wherein the infant is held, skin-to-skin, with an adult to share warmth.

Masaka regional referral Hospital Director Dr Nathan Onyachi, says that construction works will be completed by December. 

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Onyachi says that the facility will be used as a model unit in Masaka region so that other lower units can take up the practice of keeping preterm babies warm since health units in rural areas don’t have electricity to run incubators.

According to Onyachi, health workers will be trained on how to use the Kangaroo care.

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Masaka hospital administrator, Edward Kabuye, says that construction of the unit is funded by Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI. However Kabuye and officials at UVRI declined to disclose the amount of money for construction.

He says that at least 3 premature babies are lost every week at the hospital due to lack of facilities. 

Janet Namugayi, one of the mothers seeking antenatal services at Masaka hospital says that the Kangaroo care unit will reduce on the pressure and congestion at the existing neonatal unit.

She says that mothers always struggle to secure space to use the only incubator at the main facility which is too small to accommodate all the babies.

According to WHO Preterm births is the world’s largest killer of new-born babies causing more than one million deaths each year, yet these numbers can be reduced to up to 75% with the use of cheaper invasions like kangaroo care.        

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