The management of Busolwe Hospital in Butalega District has refuted a story published by this newspaper on Christmas Day that two mothers died at the medical facility due to lack of equipment.
According to the hospital’s Acting Superintendent, Dr John Matovu, Busolwe Hospital has adequate capacity to handle labour cases. “We have not lost any mother in labour for the last six months from Busolwe Hospital. Secondly, we do not lack capacity to do caesarian section. Whereas Busolwe Hospital has infrastructural problems just like any other hospital of the same design, it is the appropriateness of the theatre and the surgical kits which is a major concern other than absolute lack,” Dr Matovu said.
He also said the hospital does not have a doctor by the names of Dickson Hanyana as reported. The story, published by Sunday Monitor of December 25, 2011, had indicated that the deceased identified as Amina Namugosa of Muguru Village, Busolwe Sub-county and Jesca Akumu of Butaleja Town Council died after doctors failed to carry out the operations due to lack of theatre lights, a life-monitor and oxygen concentrator.
Maternal death is, however, not a new phenomenal in Uganda’s health system.
According to government statistics, at least 16 women die every day due to maternal death.