Seven pregnant women have already died in the same conditions in the country.
Seven pregnant women have died in Uganda in recent days due to strict confinement, reports say from the Reuters agency. Due to a lack of transportation, they were unable to reach a hospital when work had started.
Scovia Nakawooya died while trying to give birth to her dead child too. She tried to walk to a hospital to give birth there, work already started. The journey was fatal, but she had no other choice. Ambulances are very rare in the country and transport to a hospital can now only be done in a private vehicle, since public transport is blocked.
Cases of pregnant mothers dying due to delays in getting to hospital have become too many during the lockdown. Clearly the government’s plan for emergency transport services isn’t working and needs rethinking @ISERUganda @Kemba_A @BrianKiira @KagutaMuseveni @lindahNabusayi pic.twitter.com/FRyDx72wTi
– salima namusobya (@Salima_SN) April 6, 2020
(Cases of pregnant women dying because of delay in arriving at hospital have become too numerous during confinement. Obviously, the government's plan for emergency transportation is not working and needs to be rethought )
However, any transport by private vehicle is prohibited sincehe general confinement has been decreed March 30 in the country. For an emergency, special authorization is required to take a car. However, only one or two people are authorized in each district to provide such a pass. Worse, some of these officials did not even provide their phone number, according to local press. There is also no emergency number that can be called.
When the contractions started, Scovia's husband was absent, blocked by the curfew at his workplace. Scovia Nakawooya's entourage set out to find a motorbike taxi. But no driver dared to defy the ban on transport without this special authorization.
So there was walking. The parturient, after the effort, managed to reach a clinic. But, after two kilometers of walking, the ordeal was fatal for this 39-year-old woman and for the child she was carrying. According to her husband, the clinic was slow to take care of her. “Walking a long distance in this condition was very dangerous”, a doctor told Reuters.
A wheelbarrow pusher in Arua helps out a woman with a broken leg to the hospital after failing to get means of transport during the ongoing lockdown The SoP for local pple 2 access transport # COVID19UG is tiresome! The right to medical care shd never be waived even in hard times pic.twitter.com/UQs02hBbao
– Justice Care Uganda (@justice_care) April 10, 2020
(A wheelbarrow pusher in Arua helps a woman with a broken leg to get to the hospital after failing to find transportation during confinement. The procedure for local access transportation is annoying! The right to medical care should never be abandoned, even in difficult times)
According to the organization Women's Probono Initiative, his case is not isolated. A total of seven women are said to have died in Uganda since the start of confinement. It is at the same time the consequence of poverty, the lack of infrastructures and political decisions which are not in phase with the reality of the country.