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Deo Obura, the Albertine Region Police Commander-RPC, says the trio was picked on Sunday evening in connection to the death of the baby.
Deo Obura, the Albertine regional Police commander commenting on the detention of the three women

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Kiryandongo police are holding three Traditional Birth Attendants-TBAs in connection to the death of a newly born baby. 

The suspects are Sauda Nabwire, Hellen Wandera and Jalia Nakasunde, all residents of Kigumba town Council in Kiryandongo district.  

Deo Obura, the Albertine Region Police Commander-RPC, says the trio was picked on Sunday evening in connection to the death of the baby. 

He says the three helped an expectant mother to deliver on Sunday afternoon at Katalama cell but the child died in the process and the mother bled profusely.  

Residents ganged up against the TBAs and attempted to lynch them but they were rescued by police, which whisked them to Kiryandongo Central Police Station. 

He says the suspects will appear in court once police investigations are complete. 

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He warns expectant mothers to desist from seeking services of TBAs and instead go to health centers. 

Government outlawed TBAs in 2009 after discovering that they had deviated from their major role of identifying and referring expectant mothers to health centers for delivery.  

However, some of the TBAs have continued operating to date especially where access to antenatal care is still limited. . .

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