Mother, Baby Die After Neglect By Rubaga Hospital Staff

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Judith Nansubuga died at Rubaga Hospital on March 5th due to what family members call negligence by the medical staff at the maternity ward. The family says medical workers at the Hospital failed to control her blood pressure leading to the loss of the unborn baby. They also looked on as the 35 year old mother of three bled to her death in the hospital’s private wing.

A family in Bweya, Kajjansi in Wakiso district mourned the death of their daughter and her unborn baby as Uganda marked the International Women’s Day.
 
Judith Nansubuga died at Rubaga Hospital on March 5th due to what family members call negligence by the medical staff at the maternity ward.
 
The family says medical workers at the Hospital failed to control her blood pressure leading to the loss of the unborn baby. They also looked on as the 35 year old mother bled to her death in the hospital’s private wing.
 
A death certificate signed by a Doctor Joseph A. indicates that Nansubuga died of severe Pre-Eclampsia Toxaemia (PET) and primary postpartum haemorrhage(PPH).
 
PET is a condition in which high blood pressure and fluid retention prevents normal growth of the unborn baby forcing abortion or premature birth. PPH, on the other hand, is an emergency condition characterized by excessive bleeding after normal or cesarean delivery.

Nansubuga, a 35 year old teacher at Grade A Nursery School in Bulenga, Kampala, was admitted to Rubaga Hospital on February 18 and died on March 5, after nurses induced her to give birth four days after the baby had died in the womb.

Nakamya Nankya, a sister of the deceased says it took doctors four days to discover that the baby had died in the womb. She says maternity staff kept assuring Nansubuga that her baby was fine.
 
Nakamya says she demanded that her sister be referred to another hospital but Rubaga hospital midwives told her to wait for Dr. Jumba Mukasa, a consultant who was not on duty. She says that while the doctors had scheduled her for a caesarian operation, the nurses went ahead to induce normal delivery which further drained the weak patient.

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Nakamya says that her desperate telephone call to Dr. Jumba Mukasa, the doctor on call was answered by his wife who promised to deliver the message to the husband.

Nakamya wore gloves and helped her sister deliver the dead baby in the ward. An intern doctor who came 4 hours later noticed that Nansubuga had developed a tear that caused bleeding.

Nakamya explains that guards helped her to move Nansubuga to an examination room where the intern doctor and nurse removed blood clots.

Nakamya tells of panic and anxiety in the examination room as her sister lost a lot of blood. A doctor from Mulago Hospital directed the Rubaga intern doctor on phone while another doctor whose names she did not disclose rushed to Rubaga on a boda boda to save a dying mother.

Nansubuga was eventually rushed to the theatre but the surgeons forgot one of their tools in her stomach. She died as nurses wheeled her back to the ward.
 
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Nansubuga’s husband, Michael Kayongo, told URN on Friday that whenever they needed a doctor to attend to the patient they would be told the doctors are away. The family is still puzzled about the succession of events.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone, the Deputy Medical Director, Rubaga hospital, Dr. Bosco Mutakirwa said he was aware of Nansubuga’s case adding that they had done their best to save her life.
 
When asked why it had taken them four days to know that Nansubuga’s baby had died in the womb, Dr. Mutakirwa said it is unprofessional for him to discuss the issue with a journalist.

Dr. Jumba Mukasa, the consultant who was on call that night but never showed up at the hospital, declined to discuss Nansubuga’s case when contacted and instead referred the URN to the hospital management.

When URN contacted Dr. Katumba Ssentongo, the registrar of the Medical and Dental Practitioner’s Council, he regretted the death and promised to take up the issue immediately he receives a complaint from Nansubuga’s relatives.
 
In Uganda 435 mothers out of every 100,000 die during child birth.

 

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