Pregnant women in villages areas travel up to 15km to hospital to deliver while in labour

Pregnant women in villages areas travel up to 15km to hospital to deliver while in labour

- Pregnant women in rural Uganda go through untold difficulties

- Some have to travel up to 15km to get access to medical facilities

- The great distances force many to opt for traditional birth attendants

Pregnant women in rural Uganda often go through extreme difficulties in the course of their pregnancies.

Medical facilities are often too far, sometimes up to 15km away, forcing many to opt for traditional birth attendants.

This exposes them and their newborns to unhygienic delivery methods and environments, putting their lives at risk.

Pregnant women in villages areas travel up to 15km to hospital to deliver while in labour

Pregnant women wait for services at Bushika Health Centre III in Manafwa District, Uganda. Photo: Daily Monitor/Fred Wambede

Additionally, some women have passed away during labour while journeying to hospital, according to Daily Monitor.

One of these rural areas is Bulambuli District in eastern Uganda, where a woman, 39-year-old Agnes Namataka, had to travel 15km to Muyembe Health Centre IV while in labour.

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Besides the distance, the women also have to pay medical and transport fees that are often beyond their reach.

A local official, Mr. Bernard Buyi, said these factors cause unnecessary suffering. He said: “Some have died in [their] homes and others on their way to the health centres.”

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Another local resident, Ms. Sarah Nambozo, added that the roads are also in a poor state. This forces women to walk for up to 3km before they can get onto a car or bodaboda.

They urged the Ugandan government to place more emphasis on health services provision in rural areas.

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