The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has called for more support from government and other non-state actors to reduce child mortality in Uganda.
Kadaga made the call while launching a study on Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital on Tuesday, 27th September 2016.
The Speaker said there is need to ensure child survival before, during and after child birth and that this is only possible with more support and planning towards it.
“Losing lives during child birth is unacceptable and let us unite and work towards reducing it,” she said.
Kadaga thanked the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the US$2.5 million support towards the reduction of pre-mature births and sought continued support in this area.
“I would like to request the Foundation to extend support towards building a special unit for mothers and children in this hospital because where they are now is very congested,” she said.
She pledged Parliament’s support towards the health sector and promised to send the Committee on Health to Jinja to inspect the Hospital as they start on the budget process.
The Director of the Hospital, Dr. Sophie Namasopo, earlier said that there is inadequate space to cater for all the mothers who have pre-mature babies.
“We need urgent intervention so that we improve the survival of these new-borns. We have only six incubators and these cannot cater for the many babies that are born in the Hospital,” she said.
The study on Preterm Birth Initiative will focus on four public and two private hospitals in the Busoga sub-region. The monthly delivery in the six hospitals is 1,868 children with 136 preterm births.
The objective of the study is to determine if a package of facility based interventions will decrease the morbidity and mortality among preterm births across the six hospitals. It will also focus on better care from pregnancy to labour, delivery and during the post-natal period.