|MPs, Chief Administrative Officer Lira District and WRA Lira members in maternity ward at one of the health centres visited|
Source: Parliament of Uganda Website- http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/index.php/about-parliament/parliamentary-news/534-members-decry-poor-medical-services-in-lira
Members on the Parliament Committee on Health were shocked when they realized that all the theaters in health center III and IVs in Lira district are dilapidated and non-functional. This was during the committee’s fact finding field visit to Lira health facilities following a petition to Parliament on the low status of life-saving emergency services for pregnant women and newborns by the community of Lira district. The petition was laid on table by Lira district woman Member of Parliament Hon. Joy Atim Ongom on 15th July 2014.
The committee was amazed to discover that the accommodation facilities at the health centre III and IVs were abandoned and no single health worker was present at Anyangatir and Barapwo Health Centre III. Lira District Health Officer Dr. Kusolo Peter noted that as a result, patients prefer to go to Lira Regional Referral Hospital which has led to over congestion in the hospital especially the labor ward.
Hon. Lematia Ruth who is the Vice Chairperson of the Parliament Health Committee noted that Uganda can prevent maternal and newly born deaths by ensuring that women have immediate access to basic and comprehensive life-saving emergency services in the health Centers. She stressed that 99 percent of all maternal deaths are preventable since the causes are known. She added that the continuous death of women and their newborns is a sad reminder that Uganda not doing enough to prevent the death of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
Lira district woman Member of Parliament Hon. Joy Atim Ongom who is also a member of the committee noted that government has to ensure that enough funds are budgeted to improve on the infrastructure and employ qualified health workers in all health centres. She urged women, husbands, families and the community, to involve themselves in maternal health issues so that women feel safe while giving birth to life.
|Hon. Dr Twa-twa Jeremiah holding and checking a maternity register joined by other MPs and WRA Lira Chairperson (in navy blue midwifery/nursing uniform) at Ogur health centre IV. Photo by Denis Okwir-WRA-Ug Trained Citizen Journalist|