BY ALEX BALUKU & MUSINGUZI GOODLUCK
KASESE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2021
Hon Florence Kabugho, the Kasese district Woman Member of Parliament has encouraged expectant mothers in the district to embrace delivering at health facilities to as to be attended by a trained midwife.
Kabugho said it is unfortunate that expectant mothers rush to traditional birth attendants during labour even when some health centers are within their reach.
The journalist-turned-politician discouraged the habit and quickly proposed that expectant mothers use midwives posted at health centers in their areas of jurisdiction so as to reduce chances of maternal mortality.
At Bugoye Health Center III in Bugoye Sub County, Kabugho had a lengthy discussion with health workers and urged them to execute their duties diligently.
Later, she proceeded to Rwesande heath Center IV where she also had an interaction about the need of pregnant mothers to always seek services from health centers.
At the health units, she also served each expectant mother she met with a bar of soap, two kilograms of sugar, and maize flour.
Kabugho implored the people of Busongora North to make use of the ambulance that she recently purchased to transport expectant mothers to health facilities.
She reaffirmed her commitment to procure stretchers in areas where community access roads are yet to be opened.
In 2017, Kasese District Local Government passed an ordinance restricting traditional birth attendants from attending to expectant mothers.
However, the ordinance has not been implemented because expectant mothers are still being attended to by traditional birth attendants.
Authorities at Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese District have said they need more than Shs30 billion to revamp the facility after several of its key equipment were destroyed by flash floods last month.
“We are just beginning afresh since several properties worth billions, including digital X-machine, oxygen concentrator, anesthesia machine, beds, mattresses, medical store, computers, stores, generator and its house, mortuary, toilets and a computerized system which we used while making accountabilities for the hospital were destroyed by flash floods,” Dr Wafula Edward, the medical superintendent, told Daily Monitor yesterday.
After the floods, the hospital was relocated to Kasese Town and is being hosted by the Catholic Church.
Dr Wafula said the hospital is currently operating under several challenges, including water shortage.
He, however, said only a few equipments, including some beds, have been recovered and several well-wishers have donated some beds, blankets, and mattresses, which he said have enabled the hospital to operate amid all challenges.
On Tuesday, the hospital received 50 mattresses and 50 blankets from the local people of greater Kilembe villages, who were requested to support their hospital.
Dr Wafula said the hospital started operating in its new location last week, with at least 46 patients admitted. He urged the public to mobilise and donate whatever they have for the smooth running of the facility.
Mr Drake Bagyenda, who led the team of donors from Kilembe villages, said they have the urge to restore their hospital.