The parents and teachers of British School of Kampala in partnership with an NGO Women International Maternal Aid, Rotary club of Kisugu and residents of wider Makindye division community are not pleased with maternal services given by Uganda Police hospital in Nsambya, the only health center that gives absolutely free services in the entire Makindye division.
The police force hospital which is manned entirely by officers of police is the only source of hope for the entire Makindye division community in providing free general health services to the community.
Despite it’s free services rendered not only to police officers but also the general public, the hospital lacks maternity equipment for pregnant mothers especially low income earners who can hardly afford maternal services in private facilities.
It is based on the above cause that BSK Muyenga community school and its partners have decided to organize a marathon slated to take place on 7th December 2019 to raise funds to purchase maternity equipment for the facility.
Veronica Ssempebwa, the vice chairperson Women International Maternity Aid says they started the cause 3 years ago to support maternity centers in the wider Makindye division and as a result, Kisugu KCCA health center III and Wentz medical center Kawuku IV have been supported.
“Uganda Police Force clinic in Nsambya is the only healthcare center with in Makindye division where every single service is provided free of charge. Let’s support our police force,” she said
“Each and every staff that mans the police clinic is a member of Uganda Police force. So let’s run and support mothers in Makindye division”
Goretti Masadde, the president Rotary club of Kisugu attributed high maternal rates in the country to limited resources, inability by some mothers to pay for limited resources available and failure to attend antenatal and other pregnancy checkups.
In Uganda, maternal mortality rate has slightly reduced over the last two decades but still continues to be at an alarming rate of 432 deaths per 100000 live births