Mukono doctor held as mother dies in labour
Posted Monday, October 21 2013 at 01:00
Mukono- Police in Mukono District have arrested a doctor in relation to the death of a 23-year-old woman
while in labour.
Florence Nakamya and her unborn baby died on Saturday night at a private clinic owned by the suspect.
According to Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze, the doctor convinced the deceased to
go to his clinic where she would be operated upon for Shs90,000 instead of the Shs250,000 that the Mukono
Health Centre IV had asked from her.
“Nakamya was taken to the clinic where the doctor abandoned her. He came back at 6.30pm to find her in
great pain and minutes later, Nakamya died,” Ms Nambooze said.
The district police commander, Mr Alfred Bagambaki, said: “An inquiry file has been opened and we have
already arrested one of the doctors.”
Nakamya is reported to have checked into the health centre on Saturday morning with signs of labour.
At about 10am, the midwife detected that her baby was big but the centre had run out of supplies and she
would have to pay Shs250,000 for a caesarean section.
It was at this point that the doctor allegedly convinced the attendants that Nakamya could deliver normally
if only they would shift her to his private clinic and pay him Shs100,000.
After negotiations, they finally settled for Shs90,000.
However, the in-charge of Mukono Health Centre IV, Dr Anthony Konde, told the Daily Monitor that Nakamya’s
name did not appear anywhere in their maternal attendances.
“Her name only appears in the antenatal attendance of June 24. So, it is wrong to say that she was picked
from the centre,” Dr Konde said.
A postmortem report indicates that Nakamya died from a ruptured uterus after hours of abnormal pressure on
it. In August, 21-year-old Janet Aloyo lost her baby and died in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital corridors
from excessive bleeding after a midwife delayed to come to her attention.