November 23, 2016

15 Babies Don’t Die Every day At Kawempe Hospital — Ministry Of Health

15 Babies Don’t Die Every day At Kawempe Hospital — Ministry Of Health


Ministry of health has strongly refuted claims that Mulago Hospital loses 15 new born babies every day at its Kawempe branch.

In a statement issued by Sarah Opendi, Minister of state for health, general duties, she categorically said that; “The Ministry of Health would like to strongly refute these allegations as baseless and a total misrepresentation of facts.”

Recently the media was awash with saddening news that everyday the Kawempe branch of Mulago hospital loses 15 new born babies a day due to the withdrawal of Senior House Officers.

Below is the Minister’s full statement.

There have been several statements made in the media by different people alleging that Mulago Hospital loses 15 new born babies every day at its Kawempe branch, as a result of the withdrawal of Senior House Officers.

The Ministry of Health would like to strongly refute these allegations as baseless and a total misrepresentation of facts. In the same vein, we would like to put the record straight as follows:

  • Following the closure of Makerere University and the subsequent withdrawal of Senior House Officers, the hospital administration has since re- arranged the workforce at the facility, with special focus on the critical areas like Special Care Unit and the Labour suite.
  • Since the withdrawal of Senior House Officers on Nov 1, 2016 to date, Mulago Hospital has unfortunately lost 31 newborns. These deaths were majorly as a result of severe birth asphyxia and complications associated with prematurity. Severe Asphyxia is largely caused by prolonged labour, which is a consequence of late referrals. According to this statistics, Mulago Hospital has lost approximately one newborn per day due to unavoidable circumstances.
  • It should be noted that Kawempe Hospital only handles expectant mothers and newborn babies and babies below one month. Children above one month who are sick are managed at the upper Mulago Pediatrics directorate. There were 64 Senior House Officers in kawempe Hospital and 56 SHOs in upper Mulago in pediatrics. These postgraduate students were training under the supervision of the specialists employed and deployed in Mulago National Referral Hospital.
  • As far as duty coverage is concerned, currently 34 specialists and 5 medical officers are managing the Labour suite while 4 specialists are attending to the Special Care Unit. These are backed up by the 76 midwives in the Labour suite and 20 nurse midwives in the special care unit and the 21 intern doctors.

Whereas the withdrawal of Senior House Officers has created some gaps, with a longer patient waiting time in the Out Patient Department, the process of healthcare delivery has not been significantly affected.

On a positive note, the specialists are now more available at the hospital to attend to the patients.

The Ministry of Health therefore calls upon the general public to disregard the rumour as there is no crisis at the country’s main Referral Hospital.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

Hon. Sarah Opendi

Minister of state for Health, General Duties

23rd November 2016

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