by Geoffrey Mutegeki Araali
Kabarole: With an estimated 16 women dying every day in Uganda due to childbirth and pregnancy related complications health experts have requested decision makers to examine the current healthcare system and make it more attractive to women.
The request comes after Baylor Uganda launched a one year project dubbed Save Mothers Give Life (SMGL) in the Ruwenzori region, which has already resulted in an increase in mothers coming to health facilities for delivery.
“Since Baylor came in the district seven months back the number of mothers delivering in health facilities have increased from 45% to 91.7%. It is not easy to save mothers but we are going to make it if government can fill the loopholes within our system,” said Richard Mugahi, the district health officer Kabarole.
Baylor has provided various support to the districts of Kabarole, Kamwenge and Kyenjojo. Baylor has supported districts to recruit, train and pay health workers. It has also helped to increase supplies of essential equipment such as gloves and mother kits, financed districts with actual money and refurbished poor infrastructure. It has also supplied ambulances and specially adapted motorbikes known as eRangers to transport mothers to health facilities.
Speaking during the official handover of ambulances and eRangers to the SMGL districts, Baylor’s Dr Robert Iriso said Uganda needs to improve the health system for the masses to improve on maternal and child health.
“The challenges we go through as a country are within our means to reach,” he said. “I would like to implore the government to come up to improve the health services. This will help improve on our health seeking behaviour by our people, especially the mothers.”