The neonatal unit at Kajjansi Health Centre (iv) is struggling to cope with understaffing and congestion. The unit manned by only 3 midwives receives up to 2000 deliveries annually.
Rebecca Muyinza who is the head of the unit says the big numbers are overwhelming given that they are working amidst inadequate staff and space.
Muyinza said this during a visit by members of Egis Road Operation Uganda who delivered support worth millions of shillings to the mothers at the unit. “At least five mothers deliver at the Centre everyday, but we are forced to make referrals due to the limited space, lack of basic equipment. The story is not different for our neighbors in Katabi and Ndejje,” she stated
“Each mother is entitled to a mama-kit ahead of labor, but they get depleted very quickly and they sometimes have to buy them outside of the facility.” she added
She also expressed concerns on the worrying state of the health facilities latrine which is out of order and ‘unusable’.
While handing over a consignment of mama-kits, sugar, soap, among other items, Egis public relations manager, Joy Nabasa said they felt the need to celebrate mother’s day with women and health workers at the Centre.
“We could not find a better way to celebrate mother’s day than to come and see the women here at Kajjansi, since its a government hospital many mothers come here with nothing to use. We brought a few items for them.” she said
Kajjansi Town Council Chairperson, Bashir Kayondo said they are working around the clock with the Wakiso District leadership including the Chief Administrative Officer and the District Health facility to have facilities at the Health Centre improved.
Gateway News contacted Wakiso District Health Officer, Mathias Lugolobi who declined to comment.