Triplets Die as Nurses Abandon Pregnant Mother


Health workers at Jinja Referral Hospital are on the spot for chasing away a pregnant mother in order to prepare spotless wards for the visit of Parliament Speaker, physician Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday.

As the health workers registered regret to the expectant mother identified as Monica Wokobeire, who had been referred here, tragedy befell her and she lost her newly born triplets.

Two of the babies died instantly upon delivery while the third died as it was being rushed to the nearby Nalufenya Children’s referral ward.

Peter Magoma, the husband to Wokobeire is still regretting and the cursing nurses’ conduct that led to death of his triplets saying the act is unforgettable and unforgivable.

Mr. Magoma, a resident of Magogo in Buzaya, Kamuli district is still dipped in great shock and grief wondering why staffs at Jinja Referral Hospital  preferred to give priority to Kadaga’s visit at the expense of saving lives, costing him his three babies.

“My wife couldn’t save the little ones because they were too much for her to handle on her own after struggling to deliver them just adjacent to Jinja Referral Hospital maternity ward,” he wailed.

Mr Magoma argued that the hospital should have struck a balance between its mandate to save life and a public relations exercise that the facility seems to have chosen over saving three young lives.

“My wife was referred here because the health workers at Nawankadulo Health Centre said they couldn’t deal with the delivery of the triplets. Unfortunately upon our arrival here we were chased away because the nurses were too busy preparing for the visit of Ms Kadaga. And the consequence of that resulted in the death of our babies,” he added.

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital Director, Ms Sophie Namasopo, when approached said, she didn’t take notice of the development as she was busy preparing for the visit of the Speaker of Parliament.

Kadaga’s visit

Unaware of the prevailing incidents in the facility, the visiting Kadaga challenged the government to expand the wards where the premature babies are given due care since the current one is too small, badly lit and overstretched.

She was presiding over the launch of the Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi), an initiative founded on the belief that every child deserves a healthy start, regardless of the circumstances he or she is born.

The initiative is being championed by the Makerere University School of Public Health in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco, USA.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, disclosed that about 226,000 babies are born preterm and 12,500 children less than five years die due to the direct preterm complication. Preterm Infants are those born before 37 weeks.

In her speech read by Dr Jessica Nsubuga, the Assistant Commissioner for Child Health, the minister said some of the solutions to improve the survival and health of vulnerable preterm and low birth weight babies includes breastfeeding and properly taking care of the umbilical cord.


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