Masindi DHO Warns Community Medical Center Of Closure Over Maternal Deaths

Community Medical Centre, Masindi to be closed over maternal deaths

BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA

MASINDI: MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021

Dr Patrick Baguma, the District Health Officer (DHO) Masindi, has warned that he will temporarily close Community Medical Centre, a private health facility in Masindi town, following reports of two maternal deaths in a space of one week.

The DHO in a briefing to Masindi district Covid-19 task-force said that the delay to refer the mothers to the Masindi district general hospital was the main cause of their deaths.

“They did not refer them in time, in fact they were delayed unnecessarily. Therefore they died on arrival at the Masindi district general hospital,” Dr Baguma charged.

Dr John Turyagumanawe, the Bunyoro region Covid-19 response coordinator backed the impending step to be taken by the DHO to close the Community Medical Centre.

Turyagumanawe stressed that maternal deaths in the country and Bunyoro sub-region need to be defeated.

He also said they need to work together to improve the referral system, noting that delays to refer patients has led to loss of many lives in both private and government health facilities.

However, Dr Leonard Kadima, the Director of the Community Medical Centre in Masindi denied responsibility for the death of the two mothers.

He told our reporter that he was only aware of the death of one mother who passed on after being brought while in a critical condition.

Dr Kadima said he immediately referred her to Masindi district general hospital where she died on her arrival.

“I didn’t delay her since I don’t have a theatre. I referred her immediately to Masindi district general hospital,” he insisted.

Dr Kadima who is also the head of the female ward at Masindi district general hospital alleged that Dr Baguma has a vendetta against him.

He vowed that he is going to sit and file his documents defending his business from being closed down.

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