By Weswa Ronnie
Mbale Regional referral hospital is currently facing challenges of accommodating expectant mothers with preeclampsia diseases due to insufficiency of beds.
Preeclampsia is one high blood pressure (hypertension) disorder that can occur during pregnancy. Other disorders can happen, too: Gestational hypertension is high blood pressure that begins after 20 weeks without problems in the kidneys or other organs. Some women with gestational hypertension may develop preeclampsia.
This was revealed by Emmanuel Tugayinayo the Mbale Regional referral hospital director while speaking today, 21st May 2022 during the international preeclampsia day celebrations held at Mbale at Uganda Christian University in Uganda playground in Mbale city with the theme “screen, act early.”
According to Tugayinayo, the hospital has only 50 beds in the ward where mothers with Preeclampsia are admitted yet they receive over 40 patients on a daily basis with such related disease.
He adds that Mbale main referral hospital receives 10,000 expectant mothers in a year whereby 400 are tested positive with preeclampsia disease.
Charles Plato working at the Ministry of Health who was at the function also says that the government is doing what it takes to reduce the number of expectant mothers who die with preeclampsia diseases by extending screening at health center IVs.