Expectant Mothers Clash with Health Workers Over Maternity Ward

1351 Views Isingiro District, Uganda

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However, medical workers have taken over the maternity ward as a result of their failure to get accommodation in the nearby area.

Isingiro residents are up in arms against medical workers at Rushasha health centre III for turning a maternity ward into their staff quarters. Rushasha health center III is located in the hilly Rushasha sub county, which borders Rakai district. It caters for patients from Rushasha Sub County and areas in Rakai district.

However, medical workers have taken over the maternity ward as a result of their failure to get accommodation in the nearby area. Emmanuel Nuwagaba, the Rushasha sub county councilor says two midwives and a nurse occupy the maternity ward.

Nuwagaba claims that five other health workers who were deployed to work at the same health center left due to unbearable working conditions. He says since 2013 he has been reporting to Isingiro district council that midwives are sharing the maternity ward with expectant mothers but nothing has been done.

According to Nuwagaba, it is difficult at night to differentiate between the health workers and mothers since they share the same beds. He says that as a result, several mothers shun the health center citing lack of privacy.
While presenting the status report last week, Ely Twinomujuni, the Isingiro District education and health secretary said the three health workers have to endure insults from unruly patients to fulfill their obligations of serving the community.  Twinomujuni says his committee visited the health center and recommended that immediate steps be taken to provide alternative accommodation for the health workers.
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Dr. Edson Tumusherure, the Isingiro district health officer says that before posting the health workers to Rushasha health centre 111 they were fully aware that it had staff quarters but to his surprise it was allocated to the Rushasha sub county chief Samuel Twinomugisha who has since refused to vacate it.
Dr. Tumusherure says the minimum health standard requires health workers to stay in better housing facilities since they are needed near the health centers. Donath Eswelu, the Isingiro district chief administrative officer told URN that the problem of accommodating  health workers and teachers  remain a big challenge throughout the country adding that as a district they will try and look for support from donor agencies to put up staff quarters.
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