Cash Prize Attracts Pregnant Mothers Back to Abandoned Hospital

Pregnant mothers had abandoned the fully equipped Nyabuswa H/C III over superstition

Normalcy has returned at Nyabuswa Health Center III in Mugusu Sub County, mind and neighboring Karangura Sub County, decease Kabarole district after four mothers safely delivered at the facility that had been abandoned for three years over superstition.

The health facility maternity ward that was constructed years ago had been abandoned by the mothers over cultural beliefs.

During the monitoring of the government programs in Mugusu Sub County and Mugusu town council in January 2017, the area LC3 chairperson Jorum Tumusiime astonished district leaders, disclosing the cultural misconception by the local mothers.

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He said local people living in the mountainous area had a belief that the first mother to deliver in a newly built hospital dies.

Tumusiime revealed that no mother had delivered at the facility’s maternity ward, since it was established by the district about three years ago.

As a result, the district chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga offered a Shs. 250,000 cash prize to the first brave woman to give birth at the facility.

Henry Kagaba the in-charge at Byabuswa Health Centre disclosed that the facility receives 70-90 mothers for Antenatal Care Services every month but no mother had ever delivered there.

In what he described as good news, the in-charge revealed that so far four mothers have delivered at the health facility without any complication; putting to rest the long held misconception.

He said prior, most of the pregnant mothers in the area were resorting to Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) who exposed newborns to the risk of HIV/AIDS.

Kagaba identified the mothers who delivered safely at the facility as Josephine Katusabe, 27 (baby boy) one Evanice, 39 (baby girl), Oliver Masika, 30, (baby boy) and Grace Kyomuhangi who also welcomed a baby boy

The in-charge is optimistic now that the cultural myth has been broken and that more of the mothers who come for the Antenatal Care Services will start delivering at the facility which is uncharacteristically fully equipped with 16 staffers, beds, medicine, water, power and has three mid wives and a clinical officer.

Richard Rwabuhinga says that the first brave woman to deliver at the facility will receive her prize on International Woman’s Day celebrations at the facility.


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