Daily Monitor | Pregnant Woman Loses Baby After Being Denied Ambulance

Posted May 16, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Health ~ 6,853 views


An expectant mother lost her child at the weekend after she was transported on a lorry carrying goats and goods following the alleged refusal of Olujobo Health Centre III workers to grant her an ambulance. Ms Florence Candiru, who had been admitted to Olujobo Health Centre III, was reportedly referred to Arua Regional Referral Hospital by health workers at the facility.

However, when she sought the services of the health centre’s ambulance, she was allegedly told that the ambulance would be transporting health workers for training at Rhino Camp Sub-county. Her relatives were forced to hire a lorry that was passing-by the health centre to take her to Arua Regional Referral Hospital.

Speaking to the Daily Monitor at Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Ms Candiru, 35, said: “After we were told that there is no ambulance, I saw death coming either to me or my child. But unfortunately the child died. All I wanted was to reach the hospital and deliver,” she said as tears rolled down her cheeks.

Her brother, Mr Francis Korubuga, who was by her side, said: “As the pain continued at Olujobo Health Centre III, the relatives went by the roadside to look for any vehicle passing by. We then landed on a truck that carried goats, charcoal, firewood and sacks of cassava. Then we had to pay Shs130,000 to hire the truck to carry her to Arua Regional Referral Hospital.”

When contacted for comment, the District Health Officer, Dr Patrick Anguzu, said he would investigate the matter and those found culpable would be prosecuted.

“Our priority is first to save lives of patients,” Dr Anguzu said.
However, efforts to speak to the officer in-charge of Olujobo Health Centre III, Mr Rophin Anguzu, were futile as he could not be reached on phone by press time.

The health sector in Uganda is facing a host of problems such as under funding, shortage of drugs, health workers, ambulances and equipment.

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    What a painful, painful story!!! Just too sad for the mother who had to lose her child in such a way. Dont those people have feelings at all? Whta’s become of that country???


    Getting pregnant is never as easy as shown in the movies.Although some women do conceive very easily, but owing to our fast paced and hectic lifestyle in today’s age, not everyone is that fortunate. On an average, it takes about 5-6 months of trying to actually conceive while for a little older women in their thirties, it might take more time.

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