Mother Expecting Quintuplets Sustains Bus Journey to Mulago

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Betty Akwii, 26 was admitted to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital and later referred to Mulago after a scan detected that she was carrying five fetuses in her uterus. Although she was not terminally ill, doctors indicated that her case was fragile and needed special attention.

An expectant mother carrying Quintuplets (Five babies) in her womb was forced to travel by bus to the National Referral Hospital in Mulago after failing to secure 70 liters of fuel to use the Soroti Hospital Ambulance.

Betty Akwii, 26 was admitted to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital and later referred to Mulago after a scan detected that she was carrying five fetuses in her uterus. Although she was not terminally ill, doctors indicated that her case was fragile and needed special attention.

According to medical experts, most quintuplets are born prematurely between 24 and 28 weeks into pregnancy. Full-term pregnancy is usually about 38 weeks.

Akwii is already into the 24th month of her pregnancy, a scenario which needs constant expert supervision, yet Soroti Regional Hospital does not have a Neonatal Care Unit to guarantee care for the babies, Dr. John Ekunait, a senior Gynecologist in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital says.

Soroti Regional Referral Hospital's cost sharing policy, allow patients to contribute 70 liters of the fuel needed by the ambulance to travel to Mulago. The ambulance uses 120 liters for each return journey.

However, Akwii and her husband Joseph Opesen could not afford the bill which totaled to shs 224,000 and opted for the bus. Instead, the couple used shs 60,000 to travel by bus and safely arrived in Mulago.

This is Akwii's fifth pregnancy.
 
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.