Hope for Luweero mothers as health unit gets new theatre

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Dr Agaba Byamukama (R), the in-charge of Kasana Health Centre IV inspects the newly commissioned theatre at St Mary’s Kasaala Health Centre II on Monday. PHOTO BY DAN WANDERA 

By Dan Wandera

Posted  Wednesday, July 30   2014 at  01:00

A new theatre has been commissioned at St Mary’s Kasaala Health Centre II as part of efforts to save lives of an increasing number of teenage mothers in Luweero District.

The new theatre comes as a boost to the centre, which according to Dr Ritah Nakalega, the in-charge, receives about five cases of teenage mothers every week.

“We can now attend to mothers who need the services of a theatre for caesarean section after failing to go through the normal birth process,” Dr Nakalega said on Monday.
The facility was donated by Reach out Mbuya with support from Smiles of Daniella Foundation in Italy.

Dr Agaba Byamukama, the in-charge of Kasana Health Centre IV, said the district has challenges in regard to operating theatre services yet the number of teenage pregnancies continues to rise in the district.

“We receive more than 25 mothers who require services of the operating theatre due to birth complications at Kasana Health Centre every month. Different health centres keep referring all these cases to Kasana Health Centre because they have no operating theatres,” Dr Byamukama said.

The numbers
Percentage of mothers who give birth in Luweero below the age of 20 with many failing to go through the normal birth process.

Number of deliveries that Kasaala Health Centre II handles each month.

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