3 Midwives Held for the Death of Expectant Mother

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Three midwives attached to Atutur hospital in Kumi district are in police custody following the death of an expectant mother in the hospital.

Three midwives attached to Atutur hospital in Kumi district are in police custody following the death of an expectant mother in the hospital.
Hassan Juma Nyene, the police spokes person for the Mid Eastern Region, identified the nurses as Harriet Aguti, Donah Chesakit and Lona Yeko, all employees at the hospital.
Nyene says the three were rounded up by the police following the death of Jesca Amoding, 26, a wife to Joseph Opus from Koreng, Malera Sub County in Bukedea district.
It is alleged that the nurses abandoned the patient at the maternity ward.
Nyene pointed out that Amoding was brought to the hospital by her husband at around 2:30pm on Tuesday and she died at 8:30pm on the same day as she was left alone in the labour ward. Chesakit Donah, the nurse on duty, had reportedly gone to look for Lona Yeko who would relieve her from duty.
He noted that upon the arrival of the two midwives, Amoding was in deep pain with blood flowing and they thought it was normal delivery. She died shortly after.
Nyene says Aguti who was the nurse in charge was blamed for failing to make the daily duty schedule while the other two are accused of not consulting the doctor for the immediate attention of the mother who was in the pain.
Dr John Opolot, the District health officer confirmed the death of Amoding. He regretted the death but said that such cases arise due to inadequate staff in the hospital where by the few who are working get so much exhausted because they attend to many patients.
This is just one in a catalogue of cases where mothers are allegedly either mishandled or neglected in health facilities leading to death.
In September this year, a nursing assistant at Kituti Health Centre Three in Hoima district was arrested for allegedly abandoning an expectant mother leading to the death of baby.  Christine Kabanyoro, a 30-year-old was arrested after the relatives of the deceased baby stormed the facility protesting poor care of patients.
In July, a similar incident occurred in Kibaale district, where a 24-year-old expectant mother died in the compound of a health centre after the midwife on duty allegedly refused to wake up to attend to her. Hajara Katusabe, a resident of Isunga Village, died as she reportedly struggled to give birth on her own at Isunga Health Centre Three in Kyanaisoke Sub-county.
In August, the minister for Lands Daudi Migereko had to intervene and call for calm after yet another expectant mother died due to alleged negligence in Jinja regional referral hospital. The 20-year-old woman, Sharifa Nakato Namubiru, also known as Hajira Nakato, died during surgery, after spending about two weeks in the hospital. The death sparked fury from relatives and patient attendants, after it emerged that some medical staff had asked for money in order the mother to be attended to.

In March this year, Judith Nansubuga, a 35 year old expectant mother died shortly after having a still-birth at Rubaga Hospital, in what the family described as neglect by the medical staff.
Uganda is among the signatories to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), hoping to reduce cases of maternal mortality rates from 505 to 131 deaths per 100,000 live births by the year 2015.