Friday August 10 2018

Why healthcare sector is always under scrutiny

By Editor

A couple in Namugongo, Wakiso District, has sued Life Link Hospital for allegedly taking long to deliver their child, an omission that the couple claims caused their new born baby to develop serious health complications, calling for specialised management.
In their narration of the ordeal, the mother of the deceased child relates that upon the onset of labour pains at their home, she was rushed to the hospital and on arrival, her doctor was not around and only showed up after a day. Due to the delay to deliver on time, their baby developed epilepsy-post-HIE and cerebral palsy and an assessment from a specialist doctor indicated that their baby should have been born on the night they checked in the health facility. Now the couple is demanding special damages as a result of complications caused.
This couples’ case is one among several and probably not reported ones where mothers have been made to wait to deliver their babies because the medical personnel are either not on duty or are engaged with other patient duties or other roles.
Either way, this does not portend well for expecting mothers due to complications they sometimes face while delivering.
However, persistent complaints about the poor service delivery in the health sector generally have continued to dog the lifesaving sector which point to serious lapses and calls for hard answers in as far as delivery of services in the sector is concerned. Among the social sectors, health is core because it sits at the centre of the continued existence of mankind.
However, many people have complained of the attitude, competences and efficiency of the medical personnel to perform their duties. Also, government will and commitment to ensure adequate services and attention is derived from medical facilities, either in government or privately owned health facilities.
Now the couple in question is going to, for the rest of their life, endure a condition that resulted from negligence of hospital staff who ought to know how and when to manage health situations.
If it’s not lack of secured drugs in hospital, it will be absence of nurses or doctors in those facilities or a mother will be complaining about a baby gone missing after giving birth, or switching a live baby for a dead one. These seem to be common misdemeanours and on a regular basis. This is deplorable and unbecoming.
Our position is that the health sector should do a self-evaluation to right the wrongs therein.