State House Probes Mbarara Hospital Negligence

State House is investigating alleged negligence at the Mbarara Regional Referal Hospital

The State House Health Monitoring team has picked interest in a case in which a 20 year old woman died at Mbarara Hospital after she was reportedly neglected by midwives.

This followed continuous pressure on the regional hospital by the locals, order some of whom organized and marched to the facility in protest.

Early this month, pharmacy one Shamim Natumanya, a resident of Kakoba division in the municipality bled to death, while giving birth to her first child at the hospital, with no one to attend to her.

The young mother, according to witnesses successfully delivered the baby but bled to death as doctors refused to attend to her saying they didn’t have the materials to stop the bleeding.

The patients at the hospital, their caretakers and residents around the hospital on hearing the news immediately broke into protest.

Natumanya was laid to rest on Monday March 14th in Ishaka Bushenyi district, leaving behind the newborn baby.

Shamim's body being laid to rest on March 14

Shamim’s body being laid to rest on March 14

Aziida Kyorima one of her relatives filed a negligence case against the doctors at Mbarara police station.

The postmortem revealed that Natumanya had suffered Eclampsia, a condition in which one or more convulsions occur in a pregnant woman suffering from high blood pressure.

Yesterday morning, two doctors from State House stormed the hospital to make a follow up on the case.

The medics who were not identified reportedly interrogated two nurses and a doctor, before heading to Mbarara Police where the case was filed.

Shamim's mother mourns at the funeral

Shamim’s mother mourns at the funeral

The Mbarara police’s head of criminal investigations Taban Chiriga confirmed handing over the police report on the matter to the State House officials.

The Police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate also confirmed the development, informing us that “the case is now in their hands.”

The State House’s Health Monitoring team, is headed Dr Diana Atwine and is charged with taking stock of the various health care issues and ensuring good quality services across the country, with punitive discretion.


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