A 22 year old pregnant woman Florence Nakamya lost her life after she was neglected by a doctor in his private clinic. This was supposed to be her second delivery.
Florence Nakamya, a resident of Takajjunge village in Mukono Municipality went into labour at 5.00 am on Saturday October 19th. Immediately, her husband Stephen Mpanga, a farmer took her to the Health Centre IV in Mukono Municipality which is Government owned.
At the health centre IV, the health workers told her to raise U Shs 250,000 for them to operate her through caesarean. The couple failed to raise the money and one doctor Christopher Bingi offered to help the couple for only U Shs 100,000 and that he would operate her from his Trinity clinic in Nasuuti village. He even reduced to U Shs 90,000. The husband managed to raise the money and the doctor took the couple to his clinic in his own car.
It was after reaching his clinic that he immediately went away and left the patient in under the care of his subordinates at the clinic. Later in the day, Florence died and the doctor later delivered the body to Mukono Hospital Church of Uganda which is also private and later went away. The health workers at Mukono Hospital Church of Uganda refused to remove the baby from the womb because there was no referral later and no ante natal card.
It was only a few hours later in the evening that the Mukono Municipality MP Hon. Betty Nambooze Bakireke called the doctor after she reached the hospital and found relatives of the deceased wailing. Betty, who had taken her daughter for treatment, wondered why doctor Bingi decided to take the deceased from government health facility to a private clinic instead of referring her to either Mulago Referral Hospital or Lugazi Hospital. The doctor came and was taken to Mukono Police station while the body was taken to Mulago Hospital to remove the baby from the womb.
IFACASU as a Non-profit organization carries out community outreaches to sensitize and create awareness about maternal health in Mukono District. Among the key issues they advocate for to all pregnant women is seeking professional health care from government health facilities. An incident like this makes people in the community lose faith in the system hence making it even harder to convince pregnant women to go to government health facilities for safe delivery. This is worsened by the financial aspect which clearly indicates that one cannot be helped unless they have paid the amount demanded at the health facilities.
While IFACASU appreciates the efforts by government to improve health service delivery in the community, there is still need for intervention in order to avoid unfortunate instances like this in the future.