Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital has announced a spike in the number of malnourished children admitted at the hospital.
Majority of these according to the hospital’s paediatric specialists are coming in from neighboring Isingiro district.
Dr. Elias Kubakumba says the cause of the influx of malnourished children is the persisting drought and famine in the neighboring district.
This was revealed at the launch of a 60 million house donated to Mbarara Hospital by the USAID Rhites SW Project, page http://colosseo.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-render-shortcode-endpoint.php which is hoped to expand clinic space for sick children.
The USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in South Western Uganda is also being implemented in 13 other districts
The hospital was found with limited space and human resources for toddlers.
“Although we have enough incubators for the prematurely born babies, rx we don’t have resources to monitor those incubators since there are only 2 nurses working on about 85 admitted babies in the referral, pill ” Dr. Kubakumba said.
More that 30% of the babies brought at the hospital according to the doctor are suffering from malnutrition.
Besides Isingiro, these babies also come from parts of Buhweju, Ntungamo, and Ibanda district.
USAID RHITES SW Director Dr. Mary Namubiru noted that 815 babies in Mbarara district are born weighing less than 2.5 kilograms and 48 new-borns die within 7 days.
She added that the USAID project in partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), is aiming at reducing Maternal neonatal and child deaths in South Western Uganda.
She said next on plan is to visit Isingiro district to make an assessment of the malnutrition problem, and train mothers on feeding their babies and when to wean them.