Thursday, March 31st, 2016
All hospitals in the Busoga sub region have committed to up their game and end preventable maternal, newborn and stillbirths.
This comes in the wake of data showing that in just two years (2013 and 2014), the six hospitals in the sub region, including Jinja Regional Referral registered 2600 stillbirths, 723 neonatal deaths and 145 maternal deaths. The other hospitals are Iganga Hospital, Bugiri Hospital, Kamuli General Hospital, Kamuli Mission Hospital and Buluba Mission Hospital.
Meeting under the auspices of Makerere University School of Public Health’s Maternal and Newborn Scale Up (MANeSCALE) project recently, representatives from the six hospitals agreed to form Quality Improvement (QI) teams, among other things to fix the problem.
Other measures agreed on by the hospitals included effective communication mechanisms especially during referral; having clearly documented referrals; working as a network; promoting partograph use; and setting up a blood collection centre at the regional referral hospital in Jinja.
MANeSCALE Principal Investigator Dr Peter Waiswa asked the QI teams at the hospitals to work in collaboration with his team to set targets that would be achieved during specific period of time.
MANeSCALE aims at strengthening a regional referral hospital system in south eastern Uganda through mentorship and leadership capacity building.