Pricey medical services are driving expectant mothers away from Busula health centre III in Luweero district.
Many are now delivering at home with the help of traditional birth attendants. The mothers claim when they go for antenatal care at the health centre, they are asked to pay for mama kits, which government gives out free of charge to public health facilities.
Vincent Kyomuhendo, a resident of Busula, said when he accompanied his pregnant wife to the health facility recently, a midwife asked for Shs 30,000 for a mama kit. Patients claim mama kits are sold for between Shs 20,000 and Shs 30,000.
A single mama kit, also called a clean delivery kit includes 500 grams of cotton wool, baby soap, two razor blades, two polythene sheets, two gauze pieces, three surgical gloves, and an immunization card. Speaking to The Observer, in in-charge at the health centre, Juliet Zawedde, vowed to punish the culprits.
Source : The Observer