Members of Parliament on Wednesday paid tribute to one of their own, Grace Kaudha Hailat, 30, who died and was buried last weekend.
The motion to pay tribute was tabled by the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda who regretted the untimely death of the Iganga district woman legislator.
Kaudha succumbed to pregnancy related complications at Mulago Hospital’s Kawempe extension.
The Prime Minister said he was saddened by the death of the young MP, but expressed government commitment to “collectively handle the causes of maternal mortality in the country.”
“Significance gains have been made in improving maternal health situation in the country but a lot more needs to be done at all levels; in particular, it is critical that we boost our antenatal and postnatal services in order to prevent this human wastage,” Rugunda said.
The motion was seconded by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP), Winnie Kiiza who expressed sadness that it is still a risky task for a women to give birth in the country.
“You are laboring as a woman to bring forth life but in the process, you lose yours; as a mother, this is painful,” Kiiza said.
The LOP pointed out that the story of the state of the country’s health facilities and remuneration of health workers are all in need of special attention.
Kiiza also faulted government for “leaving the health to the hands of the private sector with no sufficient monitoring.”
“I get hurt that even the budget of the health subsector has reduced, even the private clinics that we go to I don’t know if government has taken interest in monitoring them to see that the doctors therein are qualified as well as the services offered.”
However, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, Joyce Kaducu Moriku refuted allegations that government has left the health sector in the hands of the private sector noting that 60 percent of the health facilities in the country are under government.