- A Ugandan mother has safely given birth at a health centre that was shunned over fears of death and received a cash prize for it
- Mothers in the area had avoided giving birth at the health centre for over three years since it was built
- The centre's officials hailed the woman for breaking the prevailing cultural myth in the area
A mother has received a cash prize after safely giving birth at the Nyabuswa Health Centre III in Kabarole District, Uganda. The Health Centre was shunned due to a cultural myth in the area that the first mother to give birth there would die.
27-year-old Josephine Katusabe received a cash prize of 250,000 Ugandan Shillings (GHC318) from the Centre's officials in a bid to encourage more mothers to use the facility.
For over three years since its construction, mothers in the area have avoided using the maternal health centre to deliver their babies for fear of dying in the process.
An official at the Centre, Mr. Henry Kagaba, hailed Josephine's courage in breaking the myth, saying that there were fears that the Centre had become a white elephant project.
He said: "[Josephine is] a woman who broke the york of cultural beliefs in the area and I thank her for being courageous to accept to die at the hospital but survived dismissing the cultural myth.”
More mothers have since given birth at the Centre and have been awarded mattresses.
For more on efforts aimed at improving maternal health in Uganda, see the video below.