Medics accused of selling mama kits

Monday March 9 2015

Expectant mothers with their mama

Expectant mothers with their mama kits at a health facility. File photo 

By BILL OKETCH

Lira-Several pregnant mothers in Lira District have accused health workers of selling them mama kits when they go for antenatal services.

This, according to the mothers, has made them seek services of traditional birth attendants since many of them cannot afford the kits.

The women made the revelation during a meeting by Health Sustainable Development Goal in Uganda organised by the White Ribbon Alliance at Amach Health Centre IV in Amach Sub-county last Friday.

“There are some mothers who cannot afford the kits and the only option left is to seek help from traditional birth attendants,” Ms Colline Kizito, a pregnant mother, said, adding that whoever fails to buy a mama kit, is chased away from the facility.

A mama kit, which contains gloves, soap, a razorblade, cotton wool, bed-sheet, should be distributed freely in health facilities.

The officer in-charge of Amach Health Centre, Dr George Etii, acknowledged weaknesses and challenges in delivering health services to the populace.

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“If health workers are selling mama kits to our mothers, it is illegal and action will be taken on the culprits,” Dr Etii said.

He said three nurses, who had allegedly been mistreating patients at the facility, will face disciplinary action, including transfer and suspension.

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