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Crisis Forces Health Centre to Shun Nighttime Child Deliveries

The facility has only two delivery beds and does not have a single postnatal bed. The bed is specifically designed with a safe co-sleeping option for mothers and their newborn babies and without them, the hospital does not have a provision for managing new mothers.
Despite the spacious space, Burondo HCIII has only two delivery beds and no post-neonatal bed

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A shortage of maternity equipment at Burondo Health Centre III, in Bundibugyo District, has forced the facility to abandon night deliveries which might require mothers to stay longer after childbirth.

The facility has only two delivery beds and does not have a single postnatal bed. The bed is specifically designed with a safe co-sleeping option for mothers and their newborn babies and without them, the hospital does not have a provision for managing new mothers.

The facility receives between 15 to30 mothers for delivery every month. However, mothers are only monitored for a few hours and discharged. But in the event that the midwives detect any complications or have more than one mother in the maternity ward, they are referred to other facilities.

Dr David Balaba Muhindo, the health centre in charge says that due to the absence of beds, they take a health risk to discharge mothers who have delivered before proper monitoring is done. Mothers are also encouraged to present themselves for delivery only during the daytime.

The in-charge notes that the absence of delivery beds, means their services are limited despite the high numbers of mothers who come for services at the facility.

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Dr Muhindo adds that the facility does not have accommodation for the three midwives stationed at the facility which further affects their performance. To serve the population better, the in-charge wants the government to urgently put up staff quarters and improve on the maternity ward.

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Sylvia Mbabazi a registered nurse at the facility says due to this condition of the health facility, some mothers predictably are forced to seek the services of traditional birth attendants-TBA or health facilities in the neighbouring Ntoroko District.

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Dorothy Musimenta, an expectant mother found at the facility on Tuesday, says that their lives are at risk because they sleep on the floor shortly after delivery.  Her prayer is for the government to intervene and improve the health facility infrastructure. “Am here because I have no transport to Ntandi HCIII.

Musimenta answered when asked why she was at the facility for her second pregnancy yet she knew there were no beds. The Bundibugyo District Health Officer-DHO Dr Christopher Kiyitadistrict has presented these gaps to the government for consideration.

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