By Our Reporter
Adjumani hospital maternity ward is overwhelmed with the number of mothers who have been admitted to give birth in recent months and some mothers now sleep on the floor as all the beds are occupied.
Pauline Idia, the Assistant District Health Officer in charge of maternal health, said Adjumani hospital maternity ward only has a bed capacity of 40 beds. She said they have been appealing to partners to come to their aid and so far Care International has erected a tent and Jesuit refugee services has shown interest to put an extra tent to help social distance.
Idia further stated that due to the overwhelming number of expectant mothers in the hospital, the surrounding health facilities of Adjumani catholic mission and Kochoa have also been filled to full capacity.
Ms. Irene Anzoa, a helper to one of the mothers who successfully delivered through caesarian said she did not get a bed but opted to be put on the floor.
Ms. Dipio Jane, a care taker to another mother who managed to secure a bed said on the first day, she slept on the floor, but after the discharging of someone she was assigned a bed.
According to the medical superintendent, Dr. Michael Ambaku, the hospital now delivers from 80 to 120 mothers in a day which has not been the case in the past.
“In the last two months, expectant mothers had to source medical gloves, cotton wool, gauze and surgical blades from private facilities while those who went through caesarean section were compelled to buy switchers which cost 10,000 Shillings per piece,”Dr. Ambaku lamented.
Dr. Ambaku also wondered why there was a sudden increase in the number of expectant mothers visiting the hospital to deliver.
He notes though, that Adjumani Hospital has been receiving expectant mothers from the neighboring districts of Obongi, Yumbe, Amuru and the refugees’ settlements.
The doctor said that due to lack of space, the management has been compelled to erect a tent for expectant mothers whose time to deliver has not yet reached.
“We have developed a data collection tool and we are scrutinizing why the number of expectant mothers has increased” Ambaku stated.
Although the hospital is currently experiencing a high volume of expectant mothers coming to deliver, according to the district health officer -DHO Adjumani Dr. Dominic Drametu, the annual health sector performance report indicate that only 51.6% of the expectant mothers delivered from health units.