Kabarole and Bunyangabu districts have the highest Maternal Mortality rate according to a survey conducted by Goal Uganda in partnership with Kabarole Research and Resource Center KRC with funding from UK AID
Elizabeth Allen the Director GOAL Uganda reveals that the Survey dubbed “Accountability can Transform Health (ACT Health) “targeted households in Kabarole and Bunyangabu district in 12 months prior to data collection.
She said, “The findings indicated that out of the 100,000 mothers, 1,220 died during pregnancy, during labor or after birth. This is scaring”.
Allen explains that 3 deaths per 287 live births were recorded, something she said is alarming and needs stakeholders readdress.
She disclosed this during the district stakeholders’ information sharing for Accountability can transform health, at the district held quarters Kitumba on Friday.
Allen said, “ACT Health is a governance programme for the health designed to improve health service delivery, by strengthening accountability between the users of health services and the providers”.
“The survey also showed 57% of health workers were present, 8% used long term family planning contraceptives, 21% short term methods, 21% knows the Health Unit Management Committees (HUMCs) and only 21% said HUMCs had given them information,” She said.
Catherine Kemigabo the District Health says the findings are good and would help in intervening planning and responding. She says the survey focused on three issues of Responsibility, Responsiveness and Relationship and therefore called on the people to be responsible in access to services, drug utilization and the health workers to get committed to serving the community.
Dr.Richard Obet the District health Officer Bunyangabu noted that the maternal deaths are scaring said the researchers would have emphasized on the cause of the problem, analysis the significance and an action to be taken.
He asked the partners to engage government to invest more funding in the health sector since the districts are financially incapacitated.
Mr.Rwabuhinga Richard the District chairperson attributed the high mortality rate to mothers delay to seek care, delay to reach the health facility and delay to receiving services. He however called for mindset and team work to cover these gaps to have improved quality health care system in Kabarole and Bungangabu districts.
The chairman blamed the poor staff attendance at health centers to partners who have failed to coordinate when organizing capacity building seminars for the health staff noting that almost every week health in-charges are in workshops outside the district creating a huge gap.
The survey also looked at Family Planning, Maternal and Antenatal care, child immunization, drug stock outs, facility infrastructure and PHC Funding, community satisfaction and feedback, health workers and community relationships, quality of service provision and care.
The survey however lacked background, the cause and recommendations arousing mixed reactions from the stakeholders.
It was conducted in 16 districts country wide including Agago, Apac, Bukeddia, Bundibugyo, Gulu, Kabarole, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Katakwi, Kibaale, Kitgum, Lamwo, Lira, Manafa, Mubende, Nakaseke, Omoro, Pader and Tororo.