Hoima struggles with poor maternal healthcare as equipment rust away

Mothers in corridors of Hoima hospital. PHOTOS BY FRANCIS MUGERWA

What you need to know:

  • Hoima regional referral hospital receives many maternal referrals cases in Bunyoro Sub region which would have been handled by health centre IVs if their theatres would be operational.
  • According to the 2014 national housing and population census report, the infant mortality rate was estimated at 53 deaths per 1000 live births in 2014 showing an improvement from 87 deaths per 1000 live births in 2002.

Irene Aganyira got excited when she conceived. The 20-year-old resident of Kigorobya II village, Kigorobya subcounty in Hoima District had hoped to have her first child in May 2017. However, her trip to Kigorobya health centre IV shattered her dreams.
Abandoned
After being admitted, Aganyira claims that she was initially unattended to and when the nurses finally came, they asked her for a polythene roll which she did not have.
The polythene roll was to be laid on the delivery bed.

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