Ritah Nalweyiso the District Councillor for Butuntumula sub-county says that although they had mobilized many women to give birth in government health centers, the deaths may force them to resort back to Traditional Birth Attendants.
Women in Luwero
district have asked the government to do more and end maternal deaths in health
At least two women have died at Luwero hospital in the past two months over circumstances
that women say could be avoided.
The latest victim is Susan Nanfuma aged 30 years a resident of Bukuma zone in
Luwero who died on February 26 while giving birth. Another woman Specioza
Nabasinga aged 36 years a resident of Kakabala village also died at Luwero
women died in Luwero in the financial year 2020/2021 while giving birth. As the Country Joins the World to Mark
International Women’s Day, the leaders in Luwero say maternal deaths remain
their greatest challenge which must be addressed.
Ritah Nalweyiso the District Councilor for Butuntumula sub-county says that
although they have mobilized many women to give birth in government health
centers, the deaths may force them to resort to Traditional Birth Attendants.
says that in the latest two cases, the women allegedly died over negligence and
extortion by the health workers.
has asked the District Health Office to intensify supervision of midwives and
as well as provide adequate medical supplies.
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Najjuma the District Councillor For Luwero town council says that although the
government upgraded Luwero Health Center IV to hospital leading to significant
improvement in maternal health, medical supplies remain low compared to the
increase in patients.
Najjuma says that due to low medical supplies, some women lack money to buy
them from private pharmacies.
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Namukwaya a resident of Kasoma zone in Luwero town council says that there is a
need for health workers to handle the women with professionalism and care.
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Vincent Mugerwa a resident of Bukuma zone in Luwero town regrets taking his wife
Susan Nanfuma to the government hospital where she died. Mugerwa says that despite paying 300,000
shillings for extra care of the wife she finally died as a result of blood
Nabukenya the Luwero District Woman Member of Parliament says that it's
unfortunate for women to die in health centers over blood shortage yet this
should be detected and averted before the cesarean operation is done.
Nabukenya says that she intends to table the matter in Parliament seeking
investigations into the deaths of women and actions taken to end it.
But Doctor Steven Magera the Medical Superintendent of Luwero hospital says
that the facility has enabled many women to deliver safely despite the
Magera says that that few that have died at the facility are due to drug stock
and the absence of rare blood groups for certain women among other factors above
According to District Health Report, 20464 out of the expected 25,957 deliveries
were registered in the year 2020/21.
The District intends to ensure that 85% of women give birth in health centers
by end of 2021/22 and reduce deaths by 50%.