Rugunda Unveils 'Act Now to Save Mothers' Drive


ed geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Minister of Health, ambulance Dr. Ruhakana Ruganda, mind said Mityana, Lira and Kabale districts will act as pilots for a period of three before the campaign is extended to other districts.

Running under the theme ’emergency obstetric and newborn care; a priority intervention to reducing maternal and newborn deaths in Uganda’, the campaign aims at creating more awareness among the pregnant and expecting mothers.

This programme comes at a time when the situation of health centre 111s and 1Vs in those three and other districts are almost non functional due to inadequate funding.

In last year’s financial budget, government allocated only Shs 44bn to the health sector.

According to a report that was released by the World Health Organisation, child birth in Uganda is a death trap claiming 17 mothers and 106 newborns.

The national coordinator for White Ribbon Alliance, Robina Biteyi, said public private partnership is the way to go in the health sector although more sensitisation needs to be carried out at different levels.


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