Expectant mothers forced to deliver under the care of Traditional Birth Attendants.

By Kule Joackim

The lack of improved health services in Nyakabingo Sub-county in Kasese district has forced expectant mothers to deliver undner the care of Traditional Birth Attendants.

The residents, who are also not happy about the act, accuse government of not doing much to help them solve the problem. According to them, on Wednesday a 27 –year-old expectant mother in the area gave birth to a baby boy at Nyakasojo on her way to Kasese Municipal Health Centre III due to lack of maternity services in the area.

The whole sub-county is only served by one government grant aided health center II.

Betty Masika, 27 told our reporter that she started experiencing labour pains at 6:00pm and due to failure to access transport means, she started walking on foot and delivered at 8:30pm on her way to Kasese Municipal Health Centre III under the care of Traditional Birth Attendants.

Betty Biira, the Sub-county Female Councilor representing Nyakabingo I Parish, who had escorted the expectant mother, explained that she was skeptical about the health of children born under the care of untrained personnel.

Following such incident, the sub-county Chairperson, Charles Thembo Kahitisani invited a section of concerned church and political leaders for a meeting to devise means of mobilizing resources to build a community maternity ward at the already established Nyakabingo Health Centre II.

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