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Expectant mothers shun centre over lack of privacy

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By Steven Ariong

Posted  Sunday, March 16   2014 at  19:52
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Nakapiripirit.

Pregnant women are shunning delivering at Nabilatuk Health Centre IV due to lack of privacy at the facility, Nabilatuk Sub-county authorities have said.

Mr William Namuk, the Nabilatuk deputy chairperson, recently said several women in the sub-county had resorted to giving birth at their homes with the aid of traditional birth attendants because at Nabilatuk Health Centre IV, women, men and children share one ward.

“It is a pity and I don’t know what government is thinking about Nabilatuk Health Centre IV, which has no ambulance and men, women and children share one ward,” Mr Namuk said.

The ambulance of the health centre, which serves more than 20,000, reportedly broke down three years ago.

Ms Sarah Nangiro, a mother who spoke to the Daily Monitor at the health centre, said: “There is no way an expectant mother can feel free, even to change her clothes while in the maternity ward because male patients are also sheltered in the same ward.”

Sr Jane Titin, the acting officer in charge of Nabilatuk Health Centre IV, confirmed the number of expectant mothers delivering in the health centre IV had reduced but said she did not know the reason why.

She said the health centre is facing a shortage of wards.

Dr John Anguzu, the district health officer, said the health department is facing a host of problems, adding that the Ministry of Health is aware of their plight and is working towards solving them.

Meanwhile, a group of Anti-Corruption Coalition of Uganda monitors in the sub-county have threatened to cause the closure of the health centre over what they called poor service delivery and rampant absenteeism of health workers.

“There is no way an expectant mother can feel free, even to change her clothes while in the maternity ward because male patients are also sheltered in the same ward ,”