Uganda: Mother Dies In Labour Over Negligence

By Alex Tumuhimbise

The passing on of another expectant mother who allegedly failed to get medical attention from health workers at Kasambya Health Centre III in Kakumiro District has caused outrage among residents.


Residents have threatened to stage a demonstration in protest of what they described as negligence and unexplained alleged absenteeism of health workers at the health facility.

Evelyne Kyohirwe, a mother of four and a resident of Kigomba in Kasambya Sub-county, died by the road side during labour in her last minute attempts to reach Kakumiro Health Center IV for delivery.

Kyohirwe reportedly spent the whole day at Kasambya Health Center III without getting medical attention on Sunday.

Mr Emmanuel Kahyoora, the deceased’s husband while speaking to Daily Monitor on Monday narrated that on Sunday, he took his expectant wife to the health facility where he found just the security guard.

He moved around and found the maternity ward closed with other offices shut.

He was told to wait for some hours until the midwife or the in-charge of the health facility comes back from the weekend break.

“I sat down with my wife on the floor as we focused our eyes on the gate with hopes of getting assistance,” the disconsolate Kahyoora said.

He added that after long hours of waiting in vain, the woman’s condition deteriorated, prompting him to opt for other options.

The next nearby health centre that came to his mind was Kakumiro Health Center IV and that was around 8pm.

Unfortunately, barely 2Kms from the Kasambya town along the Kakumiro-Hoima road, the woman gave birth and died shortly after she bled profusely.

“She gave birth on the way and we put her on the roadside but she was over bleeding. I knew nothing on how to help a woman in such a situation. Unfortunately, my wife died shortly as I was planning to go for medicine to stop the bleeding” Kahyoora narrated.

The baby was rushed to Kakumiro Health Center IV for further treatment.


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