A midwife at Isunga Health Centre Three in Kyanaisoke Sub county Kibaale district has been arrested following the death of an expectant mother.
A midwife at Isunga Health Centre Three in Kyanaisoke Sub county Kibaale district has been arrested following the death of an expectant mother. Zam Biira was picked up by police on Monday afternoon in connection with the death of 24 year old Hajara Katusabe on Sunday night. Kibaale district police commander John Ejokuna Elatu who ordered the arrest of the midwife says she is accused of failing to attend to the expectant mother who ended up dying in the health centre compound. Quoting statements from the relatives of the deceased, Ejokuna says Biira refused to wake up when the expectant mother was brought to the health centre for delivery despite the fact that she was on duty. Following the incident irate residents stormed the health centre Staff Quarters where Biira had locked herself, trying to lynch her. This attracted police intervention and the eventual arrest of the midwife. The district police commander says the midwife will be charged with neglect of duty once investigations are complete. Joseph Ssetala, the Isunga Local Council One Chairperson who accompanied the expectant mother, also faults the midwife saying she ignored their pleas to wake up and help the expectant mother until she died. According to Ssetala, Biira told them that she was resting after a hard day's work. Katusabe who arrived at the health centre at about midnight on Sunday died three hours later due to what relatives claim was because of lack of attention. About two months ago, another expectant mother at Kakindo Health Centre Four in Kakindo sub county Kibaale district, died under similar circumstances after the midwife on duty failed to urgently attend to her. Dr Dan Kyamanywa, the Kibaale District Health Officer, declined to comment on the matter saying it is still being investigated by his office. According to the UN population agency, the UNFPA, every day, some 800 women worldwide die in pregnancy or childbirth from complications that are very often preventable. The agency adds that for every woman who dies, around 20 more suffer debilitating childbirth injuries, such as obstetric fistula.