A section of women have expressed disappointment for the continued number of women who die daily saying the lives of 16 women that are lost every day in Uganda while giving birth is alarming necessitating no need to take part in International Women’s day.
These women we met at the Center for Human Rights and Development, CEHURD offices in Ntinda vowed not to celebrate International Women’s day in protest of government failure to deliver to women basic and necessary health services.
The seemingly angry Mothers maintain that their justification not to celebrate their day, adding that the fact that poor women in Uganda have been forgotten by their leaders especially the female legislators who seem to have negated their duties of push for women issues.
One of the community mobiliser Rukia Nasubuga who is attached to a civil society organization, Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) wonders that 16 women still die daily in Uganda while giving birth with no immediate attention by our legislators.
Rukia Nasubuga adds that governments failure to pay health workers adequate salary in time is yet a cause for the continued deaths.
These women also accuses the MPs of enjoying hefty salaries without being mindful about the poor women a factor they say cant Women’s day celebrations
Ibrahim Nsereko from CEHURD, says Uganda like other global countries that made their commitment to take steps towards reduction of the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 and end preventable deaths of mothers while giving birth a lot more is still required. BYTE.
Nsereko adds that Uganda still registers a high maternal mortality rate which is at 360 deaths per 100,000 births.
He noted that these deaths by mothers in labor are largely avoidable; a scenario he said is embarrassing to government. BYTE
Civil societies assert that they can’t continue to see the injustices of women dying from preventable maternal deaths calling upon government to recruit, allocate and motivate health workers as well as supply necessary basic maternal health commodities in health facilities as part of their human rights obligations.