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.
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.
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.
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.
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.