Disturbing pictures that went viral on different media platforms of babies receiving medical care on hospital beds, chairs at Kawempe Hospital, the ministry of health says the babies are safe.
Following the Thursday disturbing pictures that went viral on different media platforms of babies receiving medical care on hospital beds.
And others on plastic chairs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Kawempe Hospital, the ministry of health says the babies are safe.
“The Ministry of Health is aware of this challenge and working with the hospital, solutions have been put in place to address the issue. The babies at this facility are in a temperature-controlled environment and infection, prevention and control measures are adhered to ensuring there is no danger to the babies lives,” the statement reads in part.
According to Health officials, the state at the hospital is due to the overwhelming number of referrals the hospital receives from lower health centres from different parts of the country.
“Kawempe Hospital delivers an average of 80-100 babies daily and 2,500 monthly translating to approximately 30,000 babies per year. Currently, the hospital is home to the directorate of obstetrics and gynaecologists and paediatrics.”
However, the Ministry of Health says there are in the process of expanding the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital as well as activating the lower health centres activities to reduce on the high number of patients at Kawempe Hospital.
The ministry also said that some babies have already been transferred to Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital to the special care unit.
They also said that the Ministry of Health is in the process of procuring more incubators, baby cots, phototherapy machines and infant warmers for Kawempe Hospital.
“In the same vein, referred women are encouraged to go to Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital and access Free services”
The Ministry of Health is engaging Kampala Capital City Authority and the neighbouring local governments to ensure that health facilities are functionalised to full capacity to curb the high referral numbers.