By Juliet Lukwago and Luke Kagiri
Mothers from Maanyi sub county in Mityana District have told Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda that most deaths among expectant women are due to utter neglect by medical personnel particularly nurses who generally do not properly attend to them during labour.
They also complained that medical personnel at Maanyi Health Centre mistreat them during labour using abusive and sarcastic language questions such as; “I never asked you to conceive. Who asked you!”.
Nabagerereka was in Mityana, Wednesday, on her a one-day visit to Maanyi Health Centre III where she conducted a workshop on reproductive health, safe motherhood, child spacing and gender rights.
The women called on Nabagereka to ask the Government of Uganda on their behalf to act on undisciplined Mityana medical personnel who are violent towards expectant mothers, especially during labour.
They also told Nabagereka they don’t get the necessary attention when they go for medical check-ups. They further told her that such attitude by medical personnel discourages them from going hospital for delivery and instead opt for traditional birth attendants in their localities, which is not very safe.
District leaders welcome Nabagereka Sylvia Naggindaduring her visit to Maanyi Health Center III in Mityana district
They complained of poor transport in the area, saying that expectant mothers find a lot of problems during antenatal and when they are due, because they spend a lot of time on roads waiting for public means to go to the hospital.
They also asked the Nabagereka plead with the Mengo administration to provide an ambulance specifically for the mothers of Mityana district.
Nabagereka said that Kabaka’s Government is very much concerned with the people's health and general affairs and promised to deliver their requests to the concerned authorities. She however encouraged women not get discouraged by unethical the medical behaviour but to always go for medical check-ups in hospitals.
She also cautioned young girls against engaging in pre-marital affairs.
She asked the youngsters to always attend her kisaakaate sessions which impart valuable lessons to young women including counseling.
She called upon married couples to discuss family planning, take HIV/AIDS tests together and seek medical advice on unplanned pregnancies.
She asked young men to go for circumcision so as to minimise chances of contracting HIV/AIDS Virus and also for hygiene. “Circumcision is not for one culture or religion, but it is can be done on any male person,” Nabagereka said.
Nabagereka lamented that it was annoying to hear that HIV/AIDS scourge is increasing among married couples.