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Waterloo lacks operating theatre for pregnant women

The District Medical Officer (DMO) of Western Rural District, Dr. Sylvia Fasuluku Osman, has said that they are in dire need of a theatre, blood bank, mortuary, and most importantly a post-operating ward for women. “If you want to improve services so that women can receive advanced care all of these need to be available.” According to Dr. Osman, if a woman is pregnant all they can do is to help her deliver the baby naturally. If she develops complications and requires an immediate C-section the district cannot boast of any such service in all the 62 health facilities. Dr. Osman said they often transfer such patients outside the district to PCMH, which is costly for patients and in most cases they lose them on their way to the hospital or they either decide to deliver at home… “because they are afraid to even decide to take the risk of travelling that distance at such distress,” she said. The DMO expressed their commitment towards the reduction of maternal mortality and child morbidity rate in the district, “we want to stop that by allowing the women to acquire the service at their location within the district and to ensure that in all the PHUs that these women are visiting, they are assured of receiving quality care when they are due. The DHMT requires Le120 million for the implementation of the performance based funding (PBF) to give small incentive to all the PHU’s based on performance, with the best receiving the highest. Speaking on their key deliverables for 2018, Dr. Osman said that they are determined to reduce infant, under-fives and mother and child deaths in the district. As a result they are supporting four midwifery investigators to conduct maternal deaths review. The DHMT also wants to rehabilitate its staff quarters at Banana Island to guarantee that their staff are well accommodated. As part of the health sector governance for quality health care delivery, two motorcycles were procured for difficult and non-reachable facilities, which are Lakkah and Mokonday. She said that they also intend to procure equipment for 10 PHU’s, which includes BP machine and thermometer and solar power for Grafton community health center (CHC). In their 2018 budget ceiling, they were allocated Le905 million but they have only received Le258 million which is 50% below their budget. “We also want to intensify the supportive supervision for all the programs in 2019, by reducing maternal deaths and improving exclusive breastfeeding ratings amongst lactating mothers.

ZJ/23/10/18

By Zainab Iyamide Joaque

Wednesday October 24, 2018.

 

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