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Hospital faces legal action over journalist Nambaziira's death

RIP: Nuliat Nambaziira

The East African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is considering legal action against International Hospital Kampala for possible negligence that could have resulted in the death of Nuliat Nambaziira. 

Nambaziira, formerly a news anchor at WBS television, died last week as a result of childbirth-related uncontrolled bleeding. She had undergone a cesarean birth a week earlier but later developed postnatal complications prompting a series of other surgeries. 

At the time of her death, she was the communications and networking officer at EASSI, a civil society organisation that monitors commitments of regional governments towards gender equality.

EASSI is now spearheading a campaign which will, among others involve litigation and a series of activities aimed at fighting the broken public health system and systemic health failure and protesting against the unending cases of maternal mortality.

Sheila Kawamara Mishambi, the executive director of EASSI says that Nambaziira's case was mismanaged, and they intend to hold all involved parties liable for her death. 

"We’re planning to sue whoever is responsible. If its the hospital, let the hospital be sued if people can be willing to tell us where the problem was. If they can be willing to testify in court, then we organise them. That is the protest. We’re planning if need be, to sue the governments that have failed to protect the lives of mothers because this is paramount. In case a mother dies, there’s someone responsible, let it not just be a recorded statement that a woman died." Kawamara said.  
Kawamara says they want the hospital to explain what actually happened during Nambaziira's operation.

"We want to know what exactly happened. We hear they used towels to stop Nuliat's bleeding. We also want to know why Nuliat was discharged two days after having a C-sections yet the standard is three days."

Kawamara explains that they intend to use the same platform to sue the government for leaving mothers to die and not providing enough financing for health care in the country. 

"Why should the governments risk the lives of these mothers because when a government hands over the health care to the private sector, they are selling out their citizens. The ministry of Health is not doing enough to monitor and supervise these medical facilities. We need to see more finances targeted to maternal health care." she added.  

According to Kawamara, all the EASSI member states that include Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda and Uganda must be held responsible because none of them has put the Maputo declaration into practice. The Maputo declaration calls for all countries to allocate at least 10 per cent of their national budget to the health sector.

Kawamara says that in the case of Uganda, health is one of the least funded when compared to other sectors.

"Health does not get any funding. Government funds defence, police and the president's office. Other sectors like health are left struggling with peanut."

Data from the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey shows that the maternal mortality rate in Uganda stands at 435 deaths per 100,000 live births.


+2 #1 Jama 2018-05-08 12:48
Don't expect a man who spends gorvnment funds to finance his monotonous grip on power to mind about the other vital sectors of public life.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2018-05-08 14:35
Wait a minute, the Minister of Health in Uganda is of a female gender
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0 #3 Jeff K 2018-05-08 16:09
According to Uganda Demographic Health Survey, Uganda's maternal mortality rate was found to be 336 per 100,000 live births.

The most frequent cause of maternal mortality was sepsis (30.9 %), followed by obstetric bleeding (21.6 %), hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (14.4 %), abortion complications (10.8 %).

Malaria was the commonest indirect cause of mortality accounting for 8.92 %. Most of these are preventable and lets not wait for a mother to die.
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+1 #4 Odongkara 2018-05-08 20:59
Quoting kabayekka:
Wait a minute, the Minister of Health in Uganda is of a female gender

Maybe she is a transgender, that is why she/he doesn't care an inch about the plight of child bearing age.
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0 #5 Alex S 2018-05-10 05:28
My Wife, went to give birth at the same facility about 11 years back, She was mis managedn by an Intern and forced to push before the time!

She ruptured her uterus in the process which led to uncontrolled bleeding!

Eventually leading to the removal of her Uterus! We were lucky she survived, but she will survived, but she will never conceive again!
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0 #6 edo 2018-05-10 08:50
this is not helpful. youll make dostors shun future action on middle class ladies for fear of these class action lawsuits
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