Day old Baby dies in Kabale as midwives ignored duty to playing cards


NEWS- Expectant Mothers at Maziba Health center IV Ndorwa East constituency in Kabale District have raised a red flag on the harassment from the Health workers at the facility.

The red flag comes after a mother lost her child after giving birth out of negligence from the health workers.

Tibakyirana Silva and his wife Peace Tibakyirana, residents of Kagweru in Maziba Sub County had gone for antenatal care on Saturday 16th July.

In the night of 24th July, the health workers neglected her as she was in labour pains and on Monday around 2pm, she managed to give birth from the maternity ward being helped by fellow expectant mothers in the ward.

However after delivering, a child never cried, something that prompted the Medical interns to rush the child on oxygen.

In the same day’s evening at around 7pm, the baby’s conditions deteriorated before they were given a referral to Kabale regional referral hospital where she died moments later.

Tibakyirana attributed the cause of death to the extravagant nurses who rejected to attend to her wife for the whole night attending to those who had offered money before them.

Peace Tibakyirana said that the nurses had vacated the facility leaving behind with medical interns who kept watching her only at the time she was giving birth.

She added that the nurses had  told her that she was not going to get any service before they see on her husband yet she was already in Labour pains.

The woman further confesses that her colleagues have been delivering in the maternity ward without any help of health workers a week she had spent at the facility.

Cue in….. Peace and Silva

The expectant mothers who never wanted their names to be revealed fearing embarrassment from the rude health worker said that calling the nurses without money is like someone writing on water.

They accuse health workers only identified as Phionah and Betty for having continuously harassed them and going to play cards (MATATU) mostly at the time of delivery leaving them on God’s mercy.

They further pinned them for asking for bribes before offering any service saying that calling them without money, you’re openly told that they are busy.

“It’s unfortunate that you can’t tell the nurses who are on duty and who are not” the expectant mothers said.

The expectant mothers added that they were shocked when a heartless nurse only identified as Judith who was off duty, but busy sunbathing outside the ward teld them that it was none of her business and that they should look for a nurse who was on duty.

“She told us to look for a nurse who was on duty and that we should let her watch her movie on a smart phone” expectant mothers said.

 Cue in………………. expectant mothers

Kobusingye Patience and Dora Asiimwe from Maziba Sub County said that they were discharged before their children got vaccinated with polio vaccines something that expose them to diseases.

Kobusigye added that out of the 5 children she has, she had never been discharged from the hospital before they received the polio vaccine stressing that last week, the nurses sold her mama kits at Ugx 15000

Cue in…… kobusingye and patience

Speaking to our reporter on a phone call, the Maziba Health Center IV incharge Dr Ronard Tumwesigye admitted that the health workers always play the cards (Matatu) at the facility around 5-6PM adding that it’s  after their duty.

Tumwesigye added that he spent the whole day in supervision and as soon as he arrived, he gave them a referral using the facility double cabin car.

Cue in………..INCHARGE Ronard

Our reporter further discovered that every after lunch, Health workers at the facility go for Matatu and the whole facility is left with Medical  interns who have nothing much  to do with expectant mothers.

Witnesses discovered by our reporter, expectant mothers deliver in maternity wards with the help of fellow patients in the ward.

Expectant mothers fear talking on the rude health workers and sources have it that Health workers only identified as Christine, Betty and Phionah are the leading Matatu Players at the facility.