Pain rural Bugisu women go through during pregnancy

Long queue. Pregnant women and mothers wait to be attended to at Bushika Health Centre III in Manafwa District recently. Many rural pregnant women in Bugisu sub-region trek long distances to get medical attention. PHOTO BY FRED WAMBEDE

What you need to know:

  • Mr Bernard Masaba, a local leader, says for deliveries handled at health facilities during night, health workers have to use torches and candles for lighting as they are not connected to electricity.
  • Ms Christian Kimiyu, a senior health officer from Sironko District, says most of maternal mortalities occur in the communities due to delay in reaching the health centre.

Mbale. When Agnes Namataka, 39, started experiencing labour pain, her relatives rushed her to Muyembe Health Centre IV in Bulambuli District, eastern Uganda, to deliver.
The facility is 15 kilometres away from her home.

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