Fifty-eight-year-old midwife, Rose Nakakande is among the many unsung heroes in the health
profession in Uganda. For 30 years, Nakakande has been in the Labour wards in
different health units of Mukono district helping pregnant mothers to deliver
born in Natteta village in Kalungu district, Nakakande has devoted all her work
time as a midwife in Mukono district. She started her service on Koome islands
before she was transferred to Seeta-Nazigo Health Centre III.
She was transferred
to Mukono dispensary in 1998, which was last year upgraded to Mukono General Hospital.
Nakakande has served at this facility for 23 years. According to
Nakakande, she will never forget a night at Mukono dispensary in 2000 when she single-handedly delivered 18 expectant mothers.
General Hospital Currently delivers between 20-30 mothers on a daily basis
including some caesarean sections.
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“It was such
a very tiresome experience yet we had insufficient required medical equipment
including medicine. I had no option but to keep on tasking the caretakers to
the pregnant mothers to go out and buy the required equipment.”
Nakakande is often challenged by teenage mothers who flock to the hospital in huge
numbers without the necessary requirements such as mama kits and bedsheets.
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“We receive very many teen mothers who come to us when they are due for
delivery yet they have nothing an expectant mother must be with before entering
the labour ward.”
The government, which has been Nakakande’s single employer for 30 years, has
never appreciated her service even with a certificate for her dedicated service.
However, she is now a proud recipient of the Rotary Vocational Excellence
Angella Nansamba, the President Rotary Club of Mukono, says that Sr. Nakakande
was identified because of being an outstanding, dedicated and passionate
medical worker in Mukono district. She explains that Sr. Nakakande leaves all
her work station when the community is still yearning for her services.
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Nakakande’s daughter, who also became a health worker, reveals that she
declined her mother’s call to also become a midwife because she didn’t have
time for her family as she was always being called upon by expectant mothers in
the need for her service.
Nankumba is currently deployed at Bukasa Health Centre III
in Kalangala Islands. She reveals that her mother worked day and night even
during the days when she would be off duty because expectant mothers would call
her from her home in the hospital quarters, saying they preferred her.
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with women delivering.”//
Rena Nagawa, a proud mother says Sr. Nakakande delivered her firstborn in 2002
and he is now in Senior Five. Nagawa says unlike other midwives who look at expectant
mothers as burdens, Sr. Nakakande would show a lot of care and even follow them
up after some time with phone calls asking to know how the baby and mothers are
doing after being discharged from the hospital.