Arua Hospital Mortality Rate Shocks Nation
By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
High maternal mortality rate at Arua regional referral hospital has shocked the state minister for Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku.
Moriku on Wednesday learnt with disbelieve that on average, at least two mothers and about 20 newly born babies die in the hands of health workers at the government facility every month.
The Minister while inspecting Arua Hospital maternity ward, unearthed the shocking death statistics the hospital is being run on. She was in the company of Peter Debele, the Arua RDC, Sam Wadri Nyakua, the Arua district Chairperson, hospital administrators and some key health workers.
According to minister, the statistics show the hospital has one of the highest maternal mortality deaths in the country.
According to the records in the book, last month alone, about 21 newly born babies and two mothers died at the hospital.
Out of the 21 babies, at least four of them die on a single day.
“The maternal mortality rate is very high in this hospital, and I think we need to urgently do something to reduce it,” Moriku said.
She therefore requested the midwives to start using the pathography which she said, is key in monitoring labour progress hence reducing risks of loses mothers in such a manner.
Moriku was equally not happy to see mothers, who have delivered successfully sleeping on the floor.
She asked the hospital administration to urgently provide beds for mothers in the delivery room.
However, Sr. Jane Alezuyo, the Senior Principal Nursing Officer said most of the mothers who end up dying are always referred from lower health units already in bad state.
“We sometimes try our best to save lives of mothers and babies but because some of them are brought here late, they end up dying due to ruptured wombs,” said Alezuyo.
Alezuyo, on the other hand, noted that their department is understaffed with at least one midwife delivering ten mothers on daily basis.
She requested the Minister to consider increasing the number of midwives in Arua hospital so as to reduce the work load on the existing ones.
Similarly, Alezuyo stated that the few midwives have no accommodation within the hospital making it hard for them to handle emergency cases when called upon.
Dr. Patrick Anguzu, the Arua District Health Officer expressed ignorance over the ongoing mayhem in the hospital, arguing that his office has not been briefed on the anomalies in the government health facility.