Uganda’s biggest referral hospital Mulago Hospital is embroiled in yet another controversy. A woman in her mid twenties was last week operated on a recommendation of a Doctor after complaining of labour pains, but only to find an empty womb.
It beats my understanding how a doctor could have sanctioned a Caesarian operation, without checking to confirm whether the woman was in labour. The woman whose identity I will not reveal for some obvious reasons is a resident of Kibuye, a Kampala suburb. She checked in at the hospital on Friday 17, June, complaining of labour pain. She was admitted but could not deliver through normal procedures. She was reportedly rushed to the theater for a C-Section. After the operation, Nabukenya was admitted in ward 5B to heal from her wounds but without a baby.
The lady herself was puzzled by the fact that she had labour pains, but was found without a baby.
Nobody including the Executive Director of Mulago hospital Dr. Baterana Byaruhanga is willing to comment on this matter. When contacted Dr Byaruhanga referred the matter to his deputy Dr. Doreen Birabwa who on her part could not pick her phone.
And the Public Relations Officer, Mulago Referral Hospital, Dan Kimosho said the matter was beyond him and insisted the issue be handled at a level of the directors.
Surprising a staff at the ward where she was admitted said a scan test was done on her after the operation and not before.
The matter is likely to raise more questions on how a person can come into the hospital with labour pain and get operated without any pre-scan done to establish the problem they are going through.
Mulago Hospital is the national referral hospital but has had numerous complaints of poor quality service arising out of low morale, inadequate staffing, mismanagement and under-funding.