THE UGANDA SAFE-BIRTH ORGANISATION (TUSBO)

27 Jun 2011

Doctor says, "it wasn't me" as woman dies after delivery

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 A woman in Kiryandongo District has died after giving birth and failing to expel the placenta for several hours. Alice Nyandira, 39, according to eye witnesses, called for the help of the nurses on duty but got no attention.
In an interview, Dr Fred Mutabazi, the doctor on duty at the hospital, said after the call, he rushed to the hospital to save the situation but it was already late.
“When I came, it was already too late to save her life,” said Dr Mutabazi.
He, however, denied the claim that the woman died out of negligence because a hospital staff helped her deliver.
But the Kiryandogo District Chairman, Mr Ben Moru, said serious action must be taken against the implicated health workers to serve as a warning.
He said negligence in hospitals is forcing mothers to visit traditional birth attendants.

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