Mulago Gets Machines to Improve Maternal and Child Health

With its limited human resource and technology, Mulago hospital’s department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology records an overwhelming 33,000 deliveries, on average, a year.

This was revealed last week at a handover ceremony by Jhpiego, of high blood pressure measuring machines, dopplers for monitoring foetal heartbeats and vacuum extractors for assisted vaginal deliveries.

Dr Christine Biryabarema, the clinical head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, says that while the labour ward has sufficient dopplers and blood pressure machines, health workers on the post-natal ward have to share a blood pressure machine with health workers from other wards.

“We certainly do not have enough machines. [That aside] the machines also wear out quickly because of frequent handling [owing] to the big numbers we handle. We have to review them every three months and make replacements where they are needed,” Biryabarema says.

With Jhpiego’s donation, the strain on machines and health workers will be reduced it is tiresome for health workers to hustle for a machine shared between wards. The machines handed over will also becritical in monitoring expectant mothers’ and unborn babies health and deliveries to save lives.

To underpin the importanceof the machines handed over, Biryabarema told the midwives who attended the handover ceremony: “You midwives know how belittling it is to have a mother trust you and the baby dies. These machines will help us save mothers and children.”

Source : The Observer

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