KUMI: FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2021
“I will go and look for twines after this one!” Said, Catherine Auma, a resident of Kumi district.
Her excitement captured the mood at Atutur hospital where she had gone for postnatal care as the resident witnessed the commissioning of new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in Kumi district.
Auma said the new facilities, including water-borne toilets, bathrooms and incinerators, would address some of the major challenges that mothers face when they go for delivery.
Teams For You (T4U), a local nongovernmental organisation (NGO) helped to construct the WASH facilities at Mukongoro health centre III, Nyero HCIII and Atutur hospital.
The NGO also connected water to all the wards in Atutur hospital including the theater and opened all the blocked sewerage systems.
Been Omoding, the programmes officer for T4U, said the WASH facilities are aimed at improving maternal health by making the mother to feel at home when giving birth to new life.
“During delivery, our mothers need comfort and healthy environment so that they are not infected during and after giving birth. This also protects the new born babies,” he said.
Omoding promised that the NGO will continue to support the district where there are gaps provided that the resources are available.
He appealed to the management of the facilities to ensure that safety and maintenance is provided.
Sr. Susan Okwakol, the in-charge child and maternal health at Atutur hospital who also doubles as the assistant district health officer, acknowledged that lack of WASH facilities has indeed been a serious challenge facing maternal health in many health centres in Kumi.
She said health workers will educate the clients on how to use the new facilities while the health centres will cater for their repairs and maintenance.
Nickson Uuwagaba Kabuye, the Kumi Resident District Commissioner, commended T4U for the support and called on them to do the same in other facilities across the district so as to supplement the government’s efforts.