Woman Gets Cash Prize for Delivering at Abandoned Hospital

KEPT PROMISE: Kabarole District Chairman Richard Rwabuhinga (L) hands over the cash Prize Josephine Katusabe, the first woman to give birth at Nyabuswa H/CIII

Josephine Katusabe, web 27, price has been rewarded with Shs. Shs250,000 cash for being the first brave woman to deliver in Nyabuswa Health Centre III in Mugusu sub county, Kabarole district which had been abandoned by locals.

Pregnant mothers of Mugusu and Karangura sub counties in Kabarole abandoned the health facility maternity ward that was constructed years ago 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.

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.

During the International Women’s Day celebrations on Wednesday, the district leaders commissioned the health center and the district chairperson handed over the shs250,000 cash prize to Ms Katusabe and her husband.

Other women who have since delivered at the health facility were also rewarded with mattresses

Other women who have since delivered at the health facility were also rewarded with mattresses

The other five mothers, who have since delivered at the facility since the prize was announced, were rewarded with mattresses by the facility in-charge Henry Kagaba.

Rwabuhinga revealed that the maternity ward; well equipped with water and electricity was abandoned like a white elephant but thanked brave Katusabe for ‘risking her life’ to break the long held superstitious misconception

Henry Kagaba the Facility in-charge also thanked the woman for being courageous to accept to die at the hospital.


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