Encourage expectant mothers to deliver from health centers, Hon Florence Kabugho urges locals in Kasese

By Joel Kaguta

Community members have been tipped to encourage expectant mothers in their localities to deliver from health centers.

Hon. Florence Kabugho, Kasese Woman Member of Parliament says it is unfortunate that expectant mothers rush to traditional birth attendants during labour even when some health centers are in the reach.

The journalist-turned-politician discouraged the habit and quickly proposed that expectant mothers use midwives posted at health centers in their areas of jurisdiction so as to reduce chance of maternal mortality.

At Bugoye Health Center III in Bugoye Sub County, Kabugho had a lengthy discussion with health workers and urged them to execute their duties diligently.

Later, she proceeded to Rwesande heath Center IV where also had an interaction about the need of pregnant mothers to always seek services from health centers. At the health units, she also served the expectant mothers with a bar of soap, two kilograms of sugar and maize flour.

She also implored the people of Busongora North to also make use of the ambulance that she recently purchased to transport expectant mothers to health facilities before committing to procuring stretchers in areas where community access roads are yet to be opened.

In 2017, Kasese District Local Government passed an ordinance restricting traditional birth attendants from attending to expectant mothers. However, the ordinance has not been implemented because expectant mothers are still being attended to by traditional birth attendants.

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