Helen Nakintu, the Coordinator of Brick by Brick Uganda, a Non-Governmental Organization that advocates for improved health for young mothers in Masaka region, says they have been receiving calls from the managers of the hospital about the need for a neonatal unit.
The opening of
a neonatal intensive care unit at Rakai district hospital has excited mothers
The unit, which has a 15 bed capacity, is expected to reduce the
death of premature babies and improve health service delivery in Rakai and its
obtained from Rakai Hospital show that 5000 premature babies were delivered at
the hospital last year. However, the hospital couldn’t handle them due to lack
of the required facilities.
Nakintu, the Coordinator of Brick by Brick
Uganda, a Non-Governmental Organization that advocates for improved health for
young mothers in Masaka region, says they have been receiving calls from the
managers of the hospital about the need for a neonatal unit.
She says the unit which is at a level 2 special care, will
help much to address the challenge of referring mothers to Masaka and Mbarara Regional
Referral Hospitals for such services.
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Agnes Namukasa, a patient attendant found at Rakai hospital,
says it has been very expensive for mothers to seek neonatal services because
of the high transport costs and the cost of hiring incubator from health units
outside Rakai district.
She says that the intensive care unit will enable patients
and mothers get quality health cares for their babies at an affordable cost
near their homes.
the Medical Superintendent Rakai hospital thanked Masaka Regional Referral Hospital
authorities for helping them to train health workers at the Hospital to operate
He says the trained staff will be used to train
nurses and doctors.
Bakokyoyiga, the Lwamagwa sub county LC V councilor, thanked Brick by Brick for
financing the establishment of the neonatal intensive care unit and appealed to
the expectant mothers to always seek medical services from qualified health