Kamwenge Mothers Slowly Embrace Delivering in Health Centres

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Edith Kyomukama a resident of Kamwenge town council says she delivered her first four children at a traditional birth attendant in the area after fearing to go to the only available Kamwenge health centre three.

Expectant mothers in Kamwenge district are slowly appreciating the importance of delivering in health centres.
 
Edith Kyomukama, a resident of Kamwenge town council, says she delivered her first four children with a traditional birth attendant in the area. She was afraid of going to the only available Kamwenge health centre III.
 
Kyomukama says with increased sensitization from health service providers she has been able to deliver her fifth child at the health facility.
 
Kyomukama says she was encouraged to deliver from a health centre due to the supply of “Maama kit” an assortment of items used by mothers during the process of delivery.
 
Loy Ahimbisibwe, a mother of twins, says she picked courage to deliver at Kamwenge health centre III after she was sensitized by fellow mothers on the dangers of delivering in the hands of traditional birth attendants.
 
Dativa Alinda, a mid wife attached to Kamwenge health centre III says unlike in the past where they would receive 10 mothers coming to deliver from there, the trend has increased to over 100 per month.
 
Alinda noted that even women seeking antenatal services have increased from 29% to 42%.
 
Records available at the Kamwenge district health department indicates that a total of 9,587 mothers delivered from health centres in 2012 up from 6,017 the previous year.
 
Winfred Rurangaranga, the Kamwenge district health officer, credits the Saving Mothers Giving Life project (SMGL) for their intervention to increase women delivering in health centres from 36% to 46%.
 
The project which is being implemented by Baylor-Uganda with funding from USAID was introduced in Kamwenge district in 2011 to reduce maternal death by 50% by the end of 2012.
 
Leonard Tumuhimbise, the community linkage officer Baylor-Uganda, says that since they started implementing the project, the number of women delivering in health centres is on the rise.
 
According to Tumuhimbise, Rwamwanja health centre III in Nkoma Sub County register’s the highest number of deliveries every month.
 
Tumuhimbise has identified some other health centres with high turn up of mothers for delivery as Kamwenge, Kyabenda, Kicheche health center three’s and Ntara health centre four.