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The commissioner of clinical services addressing participants during the meeting. PHOTO/Agnes Kyotalengerire

In Uganda, public health facilities lack resuscitation devices

New Vision Uganda

November 20, 2014
By Agnes Kyotalengerire

Majority of public health facilities are lacking basic equipment to resuscitate newly born babies leading to a high number of newborn deaths, a study has revealed.

The report also indicates that in the few health centers where there is equipment, medical workers do not know how to use them.

“We lose babies who are born tired and cannot breathe because the health facility lacks equipment to resuscitate them,” said Barbara Zalwango a midwife working at Bulera health center III in Mityana district.

Resuscitation devices help to revive babies who fail to breath at birth a condition referred to as asphyxia.

The devices include: an ambu bag (neonatal bag) and mask, suction bulb and a training mannequin.

The study follows a survey that was conducted by White Ribbon Alliance Uganda in three pilot districts of Lira, Mityana and Kabale on the availability of newborn resuscitation devices has shown that most of public health center III and health center IVs lack equipment for resuscitating newborn babies.

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