By John Bosco Tugume
Most cesarean deliveries at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital are due to late referrals from either traditional birth attendants or lack of early preparation by husbands, health experts at the facility have observed.
Dr Tom Ediamu, a senior Pediatric Consultant at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital explains that some expectant mothers rush to health centers when they are already in emergency conditions.
He says the facility registers between 500-700 deliveries per month but a relative number of them deliver by caesarean section.
Dr. Ediamu attributes the high neonatal death rates to lack of early childbirth preparations by expectant mothers, insufficient antenatal care and failure to deliver from health facilities.
He was speaking while receiving a consignment of Mama Kits donated by Uganda Microfinance Support Centre to expectant mothers at the facility.
John Peter Mujuni, the Executive Director Uganda Microfinance Support Centre said the support was part of their social cooperate responsibility to contribute to the safe delivery of mothers.
Caesarean section, also known as C-section or caesarean delivery, is the use of surgery to deliver babies and often applied when it is deemed a vaginal delivery would put the baby’s or mother’s life at risk.