IHK Under Fire Over Parliament Employee’s Death

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Remy Wamala Kasule,36, mother of four and former worker at Parliament in the Children’s Rights Office passed away on Saturday after facing complications while delivering and the doctors decided to operate her while in a comma.

This incident was considered ‘recklessness’ of the doctors.

In response, IHK management released a statement on Wednesday saying, “The patient was well attended to by a team of several highly qualified specialists but she simply couldn’t make it.”

Wamala is said to have been admitted at the Namuwongo-based hospital on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in early labor.

“She was well observed in hospital but developed complications on the second day with a quickly progressing labor,” said IHK.

The statement also indicates that the patient initially had a normal delivery but in the post-delivery she started bleeding profusely.

“The initial measures to control the bleeding were not successful, so the patient was then rushed to surgery, in an attempt to control the bleeding,” reveals the report.

IHK management emphasizes, “The patient was well attended to throughout this process by a team of several highly qualified specialists including Obstetricians/ Gynecologists, Anesthesiologists and Pediatricians, Medical Officers, Midwives and Nurses.”

It even reveals that sufficient blood supplies were mobilized from the blood bank at IHK, Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS, Nakasero) and other private hospitals with the patient receiving a total of 5 units during the surgery.

“In spite all these measures, the patient did not make it. However, the life of the child was saved.”

However, according to Parliament officials, they believe the hospital didn’t give enough blood to Mrs Kasule leading to her death.

Florence Mutyabule, the Woman MP of Namutumba alleges that Mrs Kasule had told the medical personnel working on her that she “preferred to have an operation than giving birth naturally but they refused.”

In the process, Mrs Kasule fainted and she was rushed to operation room for a caesarean birth which was done while she lay in a comma leading to her death.

But IHK insists the patient was well attended to and supplied with enough blood.

It should be noted that Parliament accepted MP Mutyabule to bring a motion before the chambers on the negligence of doctors/mid wives to expectant mothers under Rule 48(a) by the private hospitals.

Rule 49 of the parliament Rules of procedures allows the Speaker of Parliament to permit a member to move in amended form, without notice, motion of which notice has been given, if in the opinion of the speaker, the amendment does not materially alter any principle embodied in the motion of which notice has been given.

IHK management strongly states that it has already submitted its statement to the Ministry of Health (MOH), to investigate the matter.


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