Mothers and babies compete for bed space in Uganda General Referral Hospital

Uganda ministry of health speaks out as mothers and babies in Kawempe General Referral Hospital compete for limited bed spaces.

Mothers and their newborn babies compete for bed and hospital labour suite at Kawempe Referral Hospital in Uganda, according to TowerPost, this is not different from other public funded hospitals in Uganda. More than 80 mothers reportedly deliver their babies in the hospital on a daily basis.

Mothers and babies compete for bed space in Uganda General Referral Hospital


“The patient numbers are so many. The referrals are abnormal from lower health facilities.” Health Ministry officials.

Health centres provide comprehensive emergency obstetric care, including caesarean sections, blood transfusion and anaesthesia, most of them across the country do not have adequate capacity in terms of personnel and supplies.

They have to compete for the beds in the hospital labour suite, which forces others in early labour to lie on the floor.

The post-natal ward where mothers are supposed to be referred six hours after normal delivery is only equipped with a mattress where they lie on the floor without beds, which exposes their babies to infections that can lead to death.

Here are some pictures of newborn babies placed on plastic chairs and packed together in an open space as the nursery limit has been over exceeded.

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